We’ve all heard the gum disease numbers being called out when sitting in our favorite Sacramento dentist office chair;…2…3…3…2…hoping we don’t score higher than a 3 or maybe 4…because a 5 means we have an increased risk for gum disease.
Yes – your oral health has a direct impact on your overall health, and gum disease could have connections to heart disease.
Can Your Sacramento Dentist Tell If Your Ticker is Healthy?
You’re certainly best served seeing your general practitioner, family doctor, or cardiologist, but your Sacramento dentist can identify the heightened risk for heart disease (and other overall health issues) that gum disease presents.
Overall health starts with what we put in our mouths, and we can gain insights into possible future health issues by keeping regular visits to our Sacramento dentist.
It has been reported that 3 out of every 4 Americans have signs of mild periodontal disease or gingivitis. Almost 30% show signs of the more severe disease, chronic periodontitis. We now have reason to believe that the health of your teeth and gums may have a significant effect on the overall health of your body.
Recent scientific literature suggests a strong relationship between oral disease and other systemic diseases and medical conditions.
Sacramento Dentist Talks About the Oral Systemic Connection
Oral systemic dentistry is a growing area of study that is only gaining more popularity with dentists in Sacramento and beyond. The ability to share patient health information between primary care physicians and dentists is allowing that beneficial communication to make a difference in diagnosis, patient care, and treatments available.
According to http://www.oralsystemicconnection.com/, the most significant areas identified to-date to have a suspected oral systemic connection are:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Pulmonary Disease
- Fetal Development
- Orthopedic Implant Failure
- Kidney Disease
In all of the above mentioned medical conditions, oral bacteria and periodontal (gum) disease are suspected contributing factors.
In some cases, it may be the periodontal pathogenic bacteria or their associated cytokines that are the culprits. In other cases, it may be the secondary inflammatory response within the body that may initiate or aggravate an underlying medical condition. Whatever the pathway, it is imperative that patients understand periodontal disease, and how it may be treated or prevented.
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Portions of this post was republished with permission from: DentalPatient News.com