Your mouth is a window to your overall health

There is a strong connection between your oral health and systemic health. Taking good care of your teeth will help you maintain good general health. Several diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, respiratory disease, cancer, endocarditis, premature birth and low-birth weight have been linked to poor oral health. It has been shown that the risk of having these conditions is higher in patients with unhealthy mouths. In all of these diseases the bacteria in the mouth can travel through the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body, such as heart, lungs and arteries.

There are several systemic diseases that affect your oral health. Some of these include diabetes, osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS, autoimmune disease and cancer.  Also, certain medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants negatively impact your oral health. Patients that have been diagnosed with any of these conditions are at a higher risk of having problems in their mouths.

In order to keep bacteria levels in the mouth to a minimum, it is imperative to have a healthy oral regimen. This includes having regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, as well as replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Also, avoiding tobacco and having a healthy diet will help maintain a healthy mouth. Remember, the mouth is the window to your overall health.

Is gum disease dangerous? Can you treat it?

Affecting some 80 percent of the American population, gum disease hides in your mouth and destroys gum tissue and teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. According to scientific research, there is a direct connection between gum disease and other health issues, including strokes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory problems, diabetes complications, low birth weight, and dementia.

We can detect symptoms of gum disease before they take effect. In early stages, you can sometimes prevent it by improving oral hygiene and changing your oral care products. If gum disease, however, has already set in, we offer a range of therapies that we can use to treat it, including:

  • Scaling – to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
  • Root Planing – to reduce rough areas on teeth roots
  • Antibiotic Therapy – to battle infection
  • Laser Treatment – to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment
  • Surgery – advanced cases may require the care of a periodontist, in which case we will refer you to a trusted colleague