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Good Oral Health Elevates Overall Health

In the last decade, scientists and researchers discovered that the mouth and its health (or lack of) weigh heavily on overall health. Any type of infection, such as periodontal (gum) disease or dental abscesses, can affect many areas of the body and impact negatively upon our general health. In fact, periodontal disease is connected with coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pre-term, low birth weight babies.

Periodontal disease affects about 75% of the adult population in the U.S. and is most common among smokers, the obese and diabetics. Consider these different conditions and how oral health affects them.

Coronary Artery Disease

Researchers found that people with periodontal infections are almost twice as likely to suffer coronary artery disease (such as clogged arteries). Periodontal infections also aggravate existing heart conditions such as mitral valve prolapse, aortic stenosis or endocarditis (a serious infection of the heart from bacteria), causing serious complications, even death.

Stroke

Periodontitis increases the risk of stroke. Periodontal bacteria enter the bloodstream, invade the blood vessel walls and ultimately cause atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries). Periodontal infection raises plasma levels of fibrinogen (which creates clots), c-reactive proteins and several cytokines. These all increase inflammation in the blood vessels, causing clots to form, which then get caught in the clogged arteries, causing a stroke.

Diabetes

People with diabetes are more prone to developing periodontal infections as well as cavities since – when diabetes is not well controlled – excess sugar gets released around the necks of their teeth. This excess sugar is a food supply for the oral bacteria and they grow rapidly. Periodontal infection also makes it harder for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels.

Chronic Lung Conditions

People with lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis face even greater health risks with periodontitis. By inhaling periodontal infection bacteria, they may develop aspiration pneumonia and other associated health problems.  

Pre-term low birth weight babies

Pregnant women with periodontitis often give birth to pre-term, low birth weight babies due to the infection. The rates of preeclampsia also increase in pregnant women who have gum infections. Preeclampsia is one of the leading causes of maternal and infant illness and death. Take control over your heath and call our office today to make an appointment. We are here to help.
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