For the past 15 years or so, it has become very clear that dental health is indeed linked to one’s general health. Many articles and research studies have been published on this very subject. In fact, just a few months ago, US News and World Report published an article dealing with this subject. We invite you to follow this link to the article.
Basically, this link to one’s general health is related to inflammation and infection within the mouth. A very common form of this inflammation and infection within the mouth is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the world. Here in the United States, periodontal disease may well affect over two and a half times more people than diabetes. This disease is characterized by inflammation and bacterial infection of the gums. This results then in the deterioration of the attachment of the gums to the teeth and in the deterioration of the bone support of the teeth. Frequently, teeth are compromised or lost by periodontal disease. However, the effects of periodontal disease can be expanded to the rest of the body.
Periodontal disease has been linked to multiple general diseases and conditions. These include chronic kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, arterial disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and diabetes. Periodontal disease has also been linked to pre-term and low-birth-weight babies.
Inflammation and infection within the mouth can also occur with failing root canal fillings, with severely deep decay, with broken teeth, and with abscessed teeth. As a result, these oral conditions are also linked to multiple general diseases and conditions.
The problem with inflammation and infection within the mouth is that these conditions are not always perceptible by patients. Some patients may decide to obtain dental care when they are in pain. In doing this, they may indeed have inflammation and infection without even knowing. For this reason, it is prudent to see your dentist at least every six months. These conditions can occur within a six month period of time, and can be totally pain-free.
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