Many people are unaware of the connection between poor oral health and systemic diseases. A person’s mouth is intrinsically connected with the rest of the body. When someone experiences infection or other complications related to gum disease and periodontitis, this can have an effect on his or her overall well being.

Cardiovascular Disease

Studies have shown that certain cardiovascular complications, such as stroke, clogged arteries, and heart disease could be linked to oral infection and inflammation.

Pregnancy and Birth

A mother’s poor oral health can also cause low birth weight and premature birth. Many programs offer low-cost services to pregnant women, including teeth cleanings. Seeing a periodontist may be necessary if a standard teeth cleaning is not enough.


When the inner lining of your heart becomes infected, this is called endocarditis. Endocarditis often occurs when germs and bacteria get into the bloodstream from other parts of the body.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Losing teeth before age 35 could be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s Disease later in life. To prevent the need for teeth extractions, it is important to take care of your teeth throughout the course of your life.

How to Take Care of Your Teeth

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have put together this friendly reminder about what you can do to help ensure your teeth and gums, and the rest of you, stays healthy.

 ·         Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush

 ·         Floss once a day

 ·         Use mouthwash

 ·         Get your teeth cleaned every six months

 ·         Avoid carbonated drinks

 ·         Avoid hard or overly chewy candy

 ·         Replace your toothbrush every three to four months

 Take good care of yourself by investing in your teeth. To see a periodontist in Teaneck, NJ, call Dr. Goldfarb’s office at (201) 374-8460. We can help you reverse gum disease and periodontitis through our many service options. We offer personalized payment plans and complimentary new patient consultations.