The Oral Health – Systemic Health Connection

The Oral Health – Systemic Health Connection

Everyone knows that you go to your dentist for any mouth related issues and to your family doctor for everything else, but did you know that the two are directly linked?  You might be very surprised to learn that your oral health will most certainly have an impact on your overall health!

Oral diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis are inflammatory conditions.  Other inflammatory diseases include heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.  There has been recent scientific evidence linking the inflammation associated with gum disease with other inflammatory conditions.   In fact, there are times when the first sign of an underlying condition is initially identified at a dental or dental hygiene appointment as outlined in this article from the Lupus Foundation of America.

Bacteria from the mouth can be introduced into the body by inhalation of saliva which may cause conditions such as pneumonia, directly into the bloodstream potentially causing secondary infections, or by initiating a more systemic inflammatory response that may trigger inflammatory systemic conditions.

How to Treat Oral Inflammatory Diseases

If you have gums that bleed when you brush or floss, chances are that you have gingivitis or even a stage of periodontitis.  It is very important to see your dental professional to have a thorough assessment as well as a hygiene appointment.  Controlling the bacteria that causes inflammation and bleeding is the first step in preventing possible complications related to having these bacterium present.

Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend certain tools and a regime for homecare as well as more frequent hygiene appointments.  We have newer technology such as laser for bacterial reduction as well as more traditional therapies involving a low level antibiotic such as Periostat to help control inflammation.

If you are noticing signs of inflammation in your mouth and gums, please contact us at 705 792 0079 to book an appointment.  We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Now is the time to get your oral health back on track!  Your gums as well as your overall health will thank you!