Over the last several years, research has shown that there is a correlation between orthodontic treatment and whole body health. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, scientists have discovered that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease or suffer blood sugar irregularity than people without gum disease. While researchers continue to find relationships between oral health and whole body health, it has not yet been determined if gum disease is the sole cause of these conditions. However, it is safe to say that good oral health isn’t just about having a healthy smile, but it has an impact on one’s overall health.

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The connection between oral health and whole body health is too obvious to ignore. Although we do not yet have definitive proof, researchers do not think it is only a coincidence when gum disease and other health problems occur simultaneously.

4 possible connections between your mouth and body:

  • Excessive oral inflammation has been linked to a greater occurrence of clogged arteries.
  • According to the American Society of Microbiology, certain types of oral bacteria can infect the arterial cells and weaken the wall of the heart.
  • Loose teeth may often be a warning sign for osteoporosis, a disease that decreases bone density.
  • Some studies suggest women with gum disease are more likely to deliver preterm, low-weight babies.

Orthodontics and gum disease

So by now you’re probably asking what orthodontic treatment has to do with gum disease. Braces do so much more than give you a beautiful smile. Simply put, straight teeth are easier to keep clean than crooked teeth. Your toothbrush is able to remove more plaque-causing bacteria, and your floss can more efficiently eliminate tiny particles between your teeth.

Despite certainty in these findings, the message is clear: If you improve your oral health, you will also have a greater chance of maintaining whole body health. And that’s a chance our team believes is worth taking. For more information about this topic, please give us a call at our office, or ask our orthodontist during your next visit!