The Mouth-Body Connection

Recent studies have shown that without good periodontal health, you can’t have good general health. Periodontal disease can affect the state of your whole body.

Here are a few of the many health problems that can be aggravated by poor oral hygiene:

Stroke
  • Those with adult periodontitis may have increased risk of stroke.
Respiratory Infections
  • Inhaling bacteria from the mouth and throat can lead to pneumonia.
  • Dental plaque buildup creates a dangerous source of bacteria that can be inhaled into the lungs.
Heart Disease
  • Those with adult periodontitis may have increased risk of fatal heart attack and are more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
  • Bacteria from the mouth may cause clotting problems in the cardiovascular system.
Osteopenia/Osteoporosis
  • Reduction in bone mass (osteopenia) is associated with gum disease and related tooth loss.
  • Severity has been connected to tooth loss in postmenopausal women.
Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Chronic periodontal disease can disrupt diabetic control.
  • Diabetes can contribute to bacterial overgrowth in the mouth.
  • Smokers with diabetes increase their risk of tooth loss by twenty times.
  • People with type II diabetes are three times more likely to develop periodontal disease than are non-diabetics.
Preterm or Low Birthweight Babies
  • Women with advanced gum disease may be more likely to give birth to an underweight or preterm baby.
  • Oral microbes can cross the placental barrier, exposing the fetus to infection.

Remember, there are a number of advanced oral care remedies available to control or eliminate periodontal disease, such as anti-microbial mouthwashes, flossing regularly, and certain medications. Make an appointment for a full periodontal evaluation today by calling us at (610) 566-3326.

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