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How Your Oral Health Contributes to Your General Health and Wellbeing

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  • Thousands of studies have linked oral disease to systemic disease, including Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes
  • Advanced periodontal disease or gum disease can raise your risk of a fatal heart attack up to 10 times; there’s also a 700 percent higher incidence of type 2 diabetes among those with gum disease
  • The oral microbiome has a protective component that protects you from deadly viruses and bacteria in the environment, provided you maintain homeostasis in your mouth
  • For oral health, eat an alkalizing, antioxidant-rich, and anti-inflammatory diet, and replace toothpaste and antibacterial/alcohol-based mouthwashes with an oral rinse that nourishes your oral microbiome

By Dr. Mercola

Many people do not realize how their oral health can impact their total body health. But the truth is, it's very difficult to achieve high-level physical health if your dental health isn't effectively addressed.


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