Your oral health is more important than you realize. Find out how the health of your mouth impacts the rest of your body! The American Dental Association recommends seeing the best dentist in Raleigh every six months for an oral health check-up and routine cleaning. However, patients who do not follow these recommendations are putting more than just their teeth at risk.
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If it has been more than six months since your last dental health check and cleaning, it’s time to call Dr. Katherine Garrett and schedule your cleaning and checkup. Ask about your complimentary whitening treatment when you call!
Like many areas of the body, your mouth is packed with bacteria, most of them harmless. Daily brushing and flossing can usually keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Researchers know there’s a symbiotic relationship between oral health and overall wellness. Gum disease is linked to a host of illnesses including, but not limited to:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, by examining 1,000-plus medical histories, found that people with gum disease were twice as likely as others to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to have a stroke.
Several studies have shown that gum inflammation has been to raise your risk of heart disease and stroke. Gum disease increases the inflammation throughout your body, which is known to lead to cardiovascular disease.
Some studies link oral inflammatory disease and elevated heart disease risk. According to the Canadian Academy of Periodontology, “people with periodontal disease are at greater risk of heart disease and have twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack than people without periodontal disease.”
Gum disease from prolonged bacterial exposure can lead to cardiovascular disease as it may elevate the inflammation level within the body. One major risk factor for heart disease is inflammation. Your hygienist or dentist should ask you about your heart health and family history of heart disease. In turn, cardiologists should examine your oral health. A problem in one area may signal trouble in the other.
It is well known that people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. There are some surprising new studies suggest that severe gum disease may contribute to diabetes as it affects blood glucose control. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, “Because periodontal disease is an infection, bacteria produce toxins that affect the carbohydrate metabolism in individual cells. It is also thought that the host response to periodontal bacteria can increase insulin resistance and, therefore, blood glucose levels.” These statistics regarding people with diabetes oral health should encourage more diligent care of their teeth, especially those who are experiencing pre-diabetic blood glucose levels.
People with gum disease have more bacteria breeding in their mouths; they’re more likely to inhale germs that can lead to lung infections like pneumonia. For those who have pre-existing lung problems like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), gum disease may make it worse.
If you have been newly diagnosed with a new health concern, be sure to let the best dentist in Raleigh and her staff know at your next visit. Your overall health and dental health are closely related; our team needs to have your whole health picture to provide you the best dental care. Be sure to update your medication list at your next visit as well!
Call and schedule your cleaning and check up with Dr. Garrett today!