It's the circle of life. Nothing in your body is independent of everything else.
But for some reason, people disassociate their mouth from the rest of their bodies. It's all the same biology. And your oral health can directly affect other areas of your overall health.
1) Your Heart : Patients with active gum disease or poor gum health overall are almost TWICE as likely to have heart disease. The bacteria activates an inflammatory reaction in your blood vessels making them more prone to disease.
2) Your Mind: Poor oral health has been linked to dementia and Alzheimer's. Don't forget to floss before you forget about everything else!
3) You Blood Sugar: Patients with Diabetes can develop gum issues and vice versa.
4) Your Breathing: Gum issues increases your risk for lung problems and breathing issues including COPD and higher susceptibility to pneumonia
5) Your Fertility: Women with gum issues and poor oral health took almost 30% longer to get pregnant. Also, low fetal birth weight and increased rates of gestational diabetes have been linked to poor gums and teeth as well. It's an interesting cycle. But not surprising.
The Oral Health Connection
So when you pick up your toothbrush and when you floss, you're doing so much more than keeping your teeth in your head, you're improving your life overall. Flossing = Life. I like it!