You know that visiting your Springfield dentist regularly is important to maintaining good oral health. Did you also know that your oral health can affect the rest of your body? Your mouth can be considered a gateway to your overall health, as oral health problems are linked to a variety of serious conditions. For example, a whopping 91% of people with heart disease also have gum disease, and gum disease can exacerbate existing heart conditions. Talk to your dentist about any preexisting conditions you may have, such as diabetes, as you could be at an increased risk for oral health complications. Take a look at this infographic from our cosmetic dentists to see how oral health can affect your overall health. Please share with your friends and family, and schedule your next dentist’s appointment today!