This one-page handout educates people about the importance of oral health to a person's overall health and well-being. It discusses the relationship between periodontal disease and overall health, and the impact of systemic diseases on oral health. It examines the association between periodontal diseases and cardiovascular disease and stroke, respiratory infections, diabetes, osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The document recommends an oral examination to detect signs of nutritional deficiencies and systemic diseases, including infections, immune disorders, injuries, and some cancers.
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