The Oral Health and Overall Health Connection

Maintaining good oral health is an essential part of overall wellness. While many people assume that oral health only affects the teeth and gums, research has shown that poor oral health can contribute to a range of systemic health problems. From chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease to mental health concerns like stress and depression, the health of your mouth has a significant impact on the health of your entire body.

Learn more about the connection between oral health and overall health in the sections below, and take steps right now to maintain or improve your oral health with local oral health and dental resources:

Adult Oral Health Information & Services 

Pediatric Oral Health Information & Services


All About The Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health

The Link Between Oral Health and Whole-Body Health
How Oral Infections Impact the Body
The Importance of Regular Dental Check-ups for Overall Health
Chronic Health Conditions Linked to Poor Oral Health
The Connection Between Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Disease
Oral Health and Its Impact on Mental Health

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Effective December 1, 2022, UMass Memorial Health -Harrington has implemented a new visitor policy:

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