DISEASE PREVENTION BEGINS IN THE MOUTH
Oral hygiene plays a critical role in whole-body health that is sadly overlooked by most doctors. Poor oral health, particularly periodontitis, can contribute to a wide range of serious diseases such as type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and atherosclerosis resulting in coronary heart disease and stroke. People with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without! There is also scientific evidence linking oral bacteria with ulcers, obesity, cancer and even pneumonia in patients who are intubated. Women with gum disease are seven to eight times more likely to have pre-term births!
Periodontal disease has been associated with an increase in overall cancer risk, which persists in never-smokers. There may be a two to three-fold increase in oral cancer from tooth loss and gum disease. London and Harvard researchers have linked periodontal disease with lung, kidney, gastric, blood and especially pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly cancers. In offering an explanation for their findings, the Harvard scientists believe that gum disease may cause general inflammation in the body, which can promote tumor growth, or it could be a sign of a weakened immune system.
Optimizing oral health represents a crucial disease-prevention strategy. Good oral hygiene is not simply for maintaining appearances, thus a hygiene visit is not “just a cleaning.” The oral cavity is a near- perfect breeding ground for microorganisms which not only cause local inflammation, but it spreads to the body via the bloodstream. This is evident because oral bacteria have been found living inside atherosclerotic plaques! These bacteria are the same bacteria that cause gastric ulcers as well.
Although bacteria and fungi naturally co-exist with us, under certain conditions they form a sticky biofilm on our teeth called plaque. Over time, plaque takes on various minerals and hardens into tartar. These substances trigger an immune response in the soft tissues surrounding the teeth causing red, swollen gums. If this gingivitis is left untreated, the bacteria will destroy the support structures of the teeth leading to periodontitis and eventual tooth loss. That’s where we come in. We are experts in non-surgical and chemotherapeutic periodontal treatment and maintenance.
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HEALTHY SMILE, LONGER LIFE.