June 21, 2023 • 12 mins read

How Caring for Your Teeth and Gums Can Help Prevent Strokes, Dementia, and Other Health Issues

Caring for your teeth and gums is essential for overall health and wellbeing. Learn how proper oral hygiene can help prevent strokes, dementia, and other health issues.



Danielle Duncan

Health Issues

Oral health isn’t just about being able to show off that beautiful smile. Taking care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining the health and well-being of your general health. It may come as a surprise to learn that good oral hygiene can even help prevent serious health issues like strokes, dementia, and other health issues. Unfortunately, a startlingly low number of people (approximately 11%) understand the link between optimal oral health and the health of the whole body. 

Research has indicated that deficient oral health can lead to or contribute to several conditions that extend well beyond the mouth. 

Some of these health complications include:
Pregnancy complications

There have been studies conducted that show a deep correlation between pregnancy complications and poor oral health. 

Heart problems 

We have already explored the link between oral health and cardiovascular health. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is a great way to prioritize your heart health. 


Some research suggests that there is a connection between dementia and oral health. Not only does taking care of your teeth help reduce bad breath, but it can also promote brain health as well. 


There have been studies that have linked poor oral health with the risk of strokes. It is especially important for those who have already had a stroke to pay special attention to their oral health. 

Men’s sexual health decline

Poor oral health doesn’t just scare away potential partners, it can also lead to sexual dysfunction in men. 

Let’s take a deeper look

Pregnancy complications such as low birth weight after, premature delivery, gingival tissue ulcerations, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy granuloma, dry mouth, loose teeth, and dental erosions can occur when teeth and gums aren’t taken care of appropriately. 

Heart disease, the leading cause of death in men and women throughout the United States can sometimes be linked to poor dental health. Those with gum disease have up to three times the risk of experiencing a serious cardiovascular event. 

Dementia is a serious health issue that has been linked to poor oral health. due to the increased amount of bacteria found in the mouth, raising the risk of systemic inflammation and beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. 

Strokes, another leading cause of death and disability worldwide may be linked to poor oral health. While often overlooked, researchers have found that those with gum disease have a higher risk of suffering from a stroke. 

Men’s sexual dysfunction can be linked to poor oral health because the systemic inflammation caused by gum disease can cause damage to endothelial cells, leading to erectile dysfunction. 

What can be done? 

Fortunately, the risk of systemic diseases and health decline can be reduced by taking appropriate care of your oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene such as brushing twice a day, using fluoridated mouthwash, flossing daily, visiting the dentist regularly, getting the appropriate amount of exercise, and maintaining a well balanced diet are all great steps in taking control over your whole body’s health and reducing the risk of developing other non-oral complications. 

In conclusion, it is important to remember that taking care of your teeth and gums is so much more than just a pretty smile. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine can help to maintain your overall health and well-being. By making some simple changes to your routine you can help to keep your dentist happy and to reduce your risk of systemic oral health complications! 

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