Monday, April 25, 2016

How Oral Health affects General Health

There is no denying the rewards of a healthy mouth, crisp fresh breath, bright shining smile, healthy gums, and overall function. It may come to a shock that almost half of American Adults suffer from Periodontal(Gum) disease, that this is also the main cause of tooth loss, as well as linked to life threatening diseases .

Recent studies have also attached Periodontal Disease(Gum) Disease to many Systemic Disease(Whole Body) diseases such as Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Premature Birth, and  Rheumatoid Arthritis. Periodontal and Systemic Diseases are connected through the body's inflammatory response and the natural way we fight off harmful stimuli.  Oral bacteria may enter the bloodstream, form clumps triggering systemic inflammation.  The inflammatory response can then cause cells and tissues to swell, narrowing arteries, increasing the risk of blood clots. 

The best way to avoid periodontal problems, and perhaps systemic diseases, is to maintain good oral hygiene. Commit to 6 month dental visits while staying on top of oral homecare by flossing and brushing twice a day. Should you notice your gums becoming swollen, red, and  painful your body this is a sign that your body is attempting to fight off the disease.  If you haven't already, this is the time to take action and call your trusted dentist. There are a number of effective treatment options for Periodontal Disease ranging from nonsurgical procedures such as root cleaning to the more advanced stages, Laser Gum Surgery is available. 

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