Oral-Systemic Connection: The Impact on Your Oral and Overall Health
Recent medical studies show indications that oral and whole-body health have a strong, possibly even direct link with one another. At the dental practice of Cyrus Bandary, DMD, our skilled and knowledgeable team focuses on preserving your dental and overall health through awareness of this connection and professional treatment.
The Connection to Cardiovascular Complications
One of the primary health concerns related to periodontal or gum disease is the connection to heart disease. Gum inflammation associated with gingivitis and periodontitis is an inflammatory response as the body’s immune system tries to fight off infection. This inflammation can cause a rise in cholesterol levels, which can build up on the walls of the arteries and constrict proper blood flow, increasing the chances of heart attack or stroke.
Another observation is the presence of toxic bacteria in the bloodstream when gum disease is present along with heart disease. The irritation and inflammation of the gums make it easier for these pathogens to enter the bloodstream and attack different areas of the body, such as the heart.
The Connection to Diabetes
Diabetic patients already have a difficult time managing blood sugar levels. Infections such as gum disease can increase the risk of improper blood sugar levels and may lead to thickening of the blood. The heightened levels of sugar also contribute to an overabundance of bacterial growth throughout the mouth, leading to greater chances of decay and tooth loss.
Others Systemic Connections to be Aware of
If bacteria in the mouth is not treated, it can travel to the lungs and cause difficulty with breathing. Additionally, there is more research showing a relationship between periodontal disease and low birth weight in infants. This connection works both ways, as many pregnant women have an increased chance of developing gingivitis. Toxins found in oral bacteria when gum disease is present can travel through the blood and enter the placenta, which can increase the chances of early labor.
Taking Back Your Oral Health
Besides regular brushing and flossing, the best thing that a patient can do for optimal overall health is to stay proactive with their health care, beginning with their dental and doctor visits. Routine checkups will allow both your dentist and doctor to work with you on the best preventive treatment plans to keep oral and systemic concerns at bay.
Protect Your Body with Proper Dental Care
Diligent oral hygiene is a vital part of both oral and systemic health. By brushing twice daily, flossing, and routinely visiting your dentist for cleanings and exams, you can maintain a happy, healthy smile that safeguards the rest of your body.
At the dental practice of Cyrus Bandary, DMD, we provide regular preventive and restorative services to help patients achieve optimal health for their entire body. Contact us today to learn more about establishing and maintaining ideal health for your smile to complement the health of your body.