Oral Health & Your Body

The Importance of Better Oral Health to Your Total Health

Oral Health and Total Health

Researchers have found that gum disease is linked with other health problems. Gum disease ranges from a mild type known as gingivitis to the more serious type called periodontitis.

The mouth can offer clues about overall health, and problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body.

To help you learn more about the importance of good oral health to your total health, we have collected professional articles and information related to a variety of conditions:

To prevent and treat gum disease, learn how to keep your mouth healthy.

Pregnancy and Birth >> See articles

Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can cause pregnancy gingivitis and periodontitis. Several research studies suggest that women with periodontal disease may be more likely to deliver babies prematurely or with low-birth weight than mothers with healthy gums.

>> Expectant Mothers’ Periodontal Health Vital to Health of Her Baby
American Academy of Periodontology

>> Oral Health Care During Pregnancy and Through the Lifespan
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; August 2013

>> Pregnancy Dental Challenges
Waterpik® Pregnancy Article

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Healthy teeth and gums

Gum disease is preventable and treatable. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily are important to avoid gum disease and the risks it places on overall health.

Adding a Waterpik® Water Flosser to your daily routine is one of the most effective ways to improve your oral health. In fact, clinical studies show that the Water Flosser in conjunction with toothbrushing is more effective than dental floss at reducing bleeding gums and removing plaque.

If you see signs of gingivitis or gum disease, call your dentist and make an appointment for an exam. Your dentist and dental hygienist will determine the best treatment for you.

Last updated: May 2014
Emerging research shows that there is an association between periodontitis and certain systemic diseases and conditions. This association does not imply that a cause and effect relationship has been established.