Maintaining good oral health does more than just keep your smile sparkling; it also leads to better overall health. Several studies have demonstrated a strong link between gum disease and systemic disease, including some of the most common chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia. That is why Dr. Perrotta at Bethel Gentle Dental recommends regular check ups to catch the early signs of periodontal disease and monitor any existing issues.
You have bacteria living throughout your body, including in your mouth. You have probably heard of the microbiome, which is often discussed in regards to the gut. However, you have this healthy microbiome all over the body to the extent that there is an estimated 10 times more bacteria cells than human cells in your body. Disease and problems ensue when the good, beneficial bacteria get over run by pathogenic bacteria.
Gum disease is one way in which pathogenic bacteria can enter your blood stream and other parts of your body. This can lead to disease and more inflammation. The bacteria also contribute to plaque, which is one of the contributing factors of gingivitis, periodontal disease and other problem with your teeth. This plaque can also enter the bloodstream, causing health problems.
Chronic systemic inflammation underlies many chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and dementia. There are many different potential underlying causes of systemic inflammation, including poor oral hygiene and gum disease. When you experience periodontal disease, even in the early stages, you probably notice some redness and swelling in your gums. This is inflammation, and it might trigger inflammation through the body. Additionally, the pathogenic bacteria might trigger inflammation, especially when it enters your blood stream.
Prevent and Treat Periodontal Disease
Diet and lifestyle play a significant role in preventing many of the major chronic illnesses. One component of your lifestyle you should not forget is your oral health. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Perrotta today to screen for problems and start working on preventing and/or treating periodontal disease and other dental problems.