The Mouth-Body Connection

Research reveals a powerful mouth-body connection, indicating patients who suffer from gum disease are at higher risk for serious conditions such as stroke, heart attack, diabetes, memory loss, and pregnancy complications. Dentists have understood this connect for years, knowing that your oral health plays a substantial role in your overall physical health.

Recent headlines underscore the mouth-body connection:

  • Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease and Stroke(AAP)
  • Study Finds a Direct Association between Heart Disease and Periodontal Bacteria(NIDCR)
  • Treatment of Gum Disease May Lower Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetes(Science Daily)
  • First Oral Bacteria Found Linking a Mother and Her Stillborn Baby(Science Daily)
  • Presence of Gum Disease May Help Dentists and Physicians Identify Those at Increased
  • Risk for Cardiovascular Disease(Columbia University)

Family Dentistry

Your oral health is a serious matter and preventing gum disease may be the key to a healthier you in the future. When you consider that gum disease is a chronic infection, it isn’t hard to imagine that if left untreated, it can have a dramatic impact on vital organs and elements such as the heart, lungs, bones, blood-sugar levels, and fetal development.

Bacteria from your gums can attack your body in four ways:

  • 1. Circulatory System - bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the gums and travel to other parts of the body where it can cause secondary infections or contribute to diseases already in progress.
  • 2. Immune System - the body’s inflammatory response to gum disease can trigger other inflammatory diseases (heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure) and cause arteries to swell.
  • 3. Respiratory System - the bacteria from gum disease adheres to saliva droplets that you inhale, so you breathe in bacteria every time you inhale, putting you at risk for pulmonary infections and respiratory problems.
  • 4. Blood Sugar – gum disease increases blood-sugar levels and makes diabetes harder to control.
  • Presence of Gum Disease May Help Dentists and Physicians Identify Those at Increased
  • Risk for Cardiovascular Disease(Columbia University)

It may be difficult to accept, but the truth is, you can eat right, work out every day, and visit your doctor regularly – but if you neglect your oral health, all your hard work can be sabotaged. Visit your dentist regularly and practice good dental hygiene to prevent gum disease and bring your efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle to full circle.

We invite you to join our growing patient family and experience the difference exceptional dentistry and a relaxed environment make in your oral health. Our Madison general, family, cosmetic, and neuromuscular dentistry practice also serves patients from the surrounding communities of Middleton, Verona, Oregon, and Monona. Contact us to make an appointment with your local dentist in Madison today. We look forward to enhancing your life, health, and smile!

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