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How are oral health and general health related?

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A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory in your golden years. The phrase "healthy mouth, healthy you" really is true -- and backed by growing scientific evidence.

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 07, 2019

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 07, 2019

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