Members of the
dental, medical and scientific communities have been aware of a connection
between oral health
systemic health for some time now. While there is still much to be learned
about the subject, studies show a clear and defined link between oral health
and hygiene and a variety
of systemic diseases. Here is a closer look at what we know about this link
between oral hygiene and specific health conditions, courtesy of Dr. Frederick
Thurston, a leading general dentist in Auburndale, FL
Oral Hygiene and Cardiovascular Disease
that inflammation commonly associated with periodontitis, a particularly severe
form of gum disease, and infections caused by oral bacteria can increase your
chances of developing heart disease, blocked arteries and stroke.
Oral Hygiene and Pregnancy
that another connection exists between periodontitis among pregnant women and
babies born premature or with low birth weights.
Oral Hygiene and Diabetes
Diabetes is known
to reduce your body’s ability to effectively fight off infection, which in turn
puts your gum health at risk. Gum disease is more prevalent among diabetes
sufferers than it is the general population, and this is believed to be due
largely to the fact that diabetes are often unable to manage their blood sugar
Oral Hygiene and Endocarditis
Endocarditis is a
disease caused by an infection affecting the inner lining of your heart. It is
often caused when bacteria that exists in other parts of your body – like in
your mouth – makes its way through your body and ultimately attaches to weak
areas of your heart.
Concerned About the Connection Between Oral
and Overall Health?
Taking care to
practice strong oral hygiene habits has positive effects on your entire body.
If you have any questions about the connection between oral health
and systemic disease, or if you wish to schedule an
appointment, call the Thurston Comprehensive Dental Center today at (863) 852-1227.
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