Oral Health Diseases
Oral health is an essential part of staying healthy. Good oral health allows a person to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and make facial expressions to show feelings and emotions. Poor oral health has serious consequences, including painful, disabling, and costly oral diseases. Millions of Americans are living with one or more oral diseases, including:
- Dental caries (cavities)
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Cleft lip and palate
- Oral and facial pain
- Oral and pharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancers
Gum disease, in particular, is associated with diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. In pregnant women, gum disease is also associated with premature births and low birth weight.
Many of these oral diseases may be prevented with regular dental care.
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