A healthy mouth is about more than just an attractive smile. A person’s quality of life can be significantly affected by poor oral health and untreated oral diseases. In many cases, the condition of the mouth reflects the condition of a person’s general health. Recent studies indicate a relationship periodontal (gum) disease and heart disease, stroke and pre-term low-birth-weight babies. Likewise, more that 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations, meaning your dentist may be the first health care provider to recognize a health problem.
According to several recent reports on oral health, a large percentage of the populations of developed nations suffers from a reduced quality of life due to oral and facial pain’ This pain is largely caused by infections of the gums and can lead to tooth loosening and eventual loss. More than 75% of these populations are affected by some type of periodontal disease or gingivitis.