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The health of your mouth is directly connected to the health of the rest of your body – or your systemic health. If you have poor oral health, you’re at risk for contracting other diseases that can potentially be fatal.

To help you understand this connection, our team put this list together that details the link between your diet, oral health, and systemic health.

Sugary foods aren’t good for your teeth

While sugar itself isn’t terrible for your teeth, it’s often found in foods that have acids that attack your enamel – the outermost layer of your teeth that protects them against infection.

Cutting back on – or eliminating – sugary foods from your diet rids your mouth of those acids that have a bad effect on your oral health, and helps you look and feel better as well.

Oral health and systemic health

If your mouth is healthy, it has a direct – and major – impact on the rest of your systemic health. An unhealthy mouth can actually lead to gum disease, which has been linked to cancer and heart disease. However, by eating a balanced and healthy diet, you help improve your oral health and systemic health at the same time.

It may be difficult at times to have a good diet and keep your oral health in as good shape as you’d like, but it’s vitally important you do so. If you need help or have questions, call us today at 541-389-0300.