Relationship between oral health and general health.

Like many diseases in the body that manifests itself with oral symptoms, many oral diseases also affect our general health.

The mouth cannot be treated alone. Our oral health is fundamentally important to the health of our entire organism, as the general state of the patient’s health can affect the conditions of the mouth.

Below are some examples of how everything communicates in our organism:

Pregnancy: Studies reveal that many women have gingivitis throughout their pregnancy, with the accumulation of bacteria builds up on the teeth and irritate the gingiva. There is a relation between gingivitis and premature births as well as low birth weight.

Diabetes: Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to develop the advanced periodontal disease; therefore, the existing disease can affect the glucose levels in the blood which results in diabetes further progressing itself in the body.

Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease is linked to systemic complications like respiratory disease, cardiac complications, premature births and strokes.

Cardiac Disease: 45% of cardiac disease like bacterial endocarditis, atherosclerosis, arrhythmia, stroke and even heart attack begins in our mouth. Inadequate oral health can raise the risks of cardiac issues. There are many bacteria’s and wounds – in the gum, palate, tongue or teeth – that act as shortcuts for new bacteria to enter our bloodstream and settle themselves in our arteries and even in our heart. This can contribute to inflammations which results in cardiac complications.

In severe cases, the bacteria that forms in the oral cavity contribute to the worsening of patients who are in the ICU.

In conclusion, it’s vital to your overall health to see your dentist at least twice a year to prevent any oral disease. Maintaining your oral health up to date means also maintaining your general health.

Here at Minty Dental Studio, we value the general health of our patients. Call us at 754 225-2113 or click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Di Giorgio.