Posted by Aston Avery

Oral health to prevent strokes, dementia and other health conditions

Good oral health is not just about a beautiful smile. The mouth serves as a window to the body, reflecting the connection between oral health and general health. However, awareness of the broader impact of oral health on other health conditions is strikingly low, with only 11% of people recognizing this crucial link.

Research indicates that poor oral health can contribute to various conditions that extend beyond the mouth itself, including:

  1. Pregnancy complications: Studies show a significant correlation between oral health and pregnancy complications, with 31% of people acknowledging the potential impact.
  2. Dementia: Research suggests a connection between oral health and dementia, highlighting the need to prioritize oral hygiene for brain health. Approximately 11% of individuals recognize this relationship.
  3. Heart problems: Maintaining good oral health is crucial for cardiovascular health, as poor oral hygiene has been associated with an increased risk of heart problems. Remarkably, 40% of people are aware of this connection.
  4. Strokes: Studies indicate a link between poor oral health and the risk of strokes, emphasizing the importance of oral hygiene in stroke prevention. Approximately 1 in 5 people understand this relationship.
  5. Men’s sexual health problems: Surprisingly, 13% of people recognize the connection between oral health and men’s sexual health problems, highlighting the need for awareness and preventive measures.

Aston spoke to Dr Ben Atkins, president of the Oral Health Foundation and periodontist Dr Sulaman Anwar.

Photo by Alex Padurariu on Unsplash

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