There are strong findings that support something that health experts have suspected for a long time… infections in the mouth can be linked with problems in other parts of the body and the mind.

Diseases and conditions which may be caused or made worse by poor oral health include:

  • Heart disease.
  • Strokes.
  • Diabetes.
  • Giving birth to a premature or low-birth-weight baby.
  • Respiratory (lung) disease.
  • Dementia.

Most of these problems are linked to poor gum health, specifically severe gum disease, and the bacteria that lives in your mouth.

It means that having a healthy mouth could help you keep such disease at bay.

During National Smile Month, you can learn all about preventing gum disease. We’ll be giving you lots of tips about oral hygiene routines to stop gum infections and advice on what foods and drinks your gums will love (and hate).

You’ll also be able to find out how to spot the early signs of gum disease and know what to do when you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Take a further look into how the benefits of good oral health go far beyond that of the mouth: Oral health and general wellbeing.