Dr. Cam here on the Breathometer Blog once again.  Your mouth and oral cavity are the first line of defense for most of what goes into your body and, to no surprise, there is a direct link between your oral health and overall body health.  Last time we introduced you to the organisms that the Mint detects and here we unveil some of the other medical conditions poor oral health has been connected to.  While Mint will help you maintain “breath fresh”, the power comes from enabling you to watch for and change your habits to prevent gum disease and an array of other serious health concerns connected to oral health. In this post, I will be discussing the importance of good oral health.

My goal has always been to raise the bar of the quality of dental care throughout our country.  Also, being strongly committed to science and oral microbiology, I performed much of my own research in my office on oral bacteria.  I studied the effects of oral rinses, such as Chlorhexidine, Listerine, Scope, etc.  Utilizing my own research and results, helped me to establish my current philosophy and focus on the prevention of oral diseases.

The Mayo Clinic cites that oral health has very strong links to overall health and the team at Breathometer takes this link seriously.

Here is a list of some diseases that oral health issues, such as gum disease, are linked to:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cardiovascular disease such as stroke
  3. Pregnancy complications
  4. Diabetes; Oral disease can lead to uncontrolled blood sugar
  5. HIV/AIDS; Oral health problems, like gum disease, contribute to lesions and pain
  6. Osteoporosis; Inflammation can lead to more bone loss around teeth, which can lead to eventual tooth loss
  7. Alzheimer’s disease; Researchers are finding oral bacteria in the brain of Alzheimer patients.

The oral health care market is massive and focused on solving the recurring challenges found inside our mouths.  As the medical world continues to discover more connections inside the body, it’s clear that oral health truly is a window to overall health.

Dr. Cam