Having proper dental hygiene and scheduling regular dental appointments protects you from far more than tooth decay. There is a synergic relationship between oral health and overall health. Your oral health affects your overall health and vice versa. Sometimes when you have multiple dental issues, there is an underlying health problem. If this is the case, Dr. Brian T. Edwards, DDS will suggest that you see your primary care doctor.
Gum disease is linked to many other illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. There is a reciprocal relationship between gum disease and diabetes. When gum disease is treated, the need for insulin reduces. When diabetes is controlled, the condition of the mouth is immediately improved. Studies have shown that those with gum disease are twice as others to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to experience a stroke. This connection occurs because the mouth is a portal of entry for infection. When inflammation in the mouth is ongoing, bacteria can enter the bloodstream. This can lead to inflammation in other parts of the body, like the heart.
We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more about the mouth and body connection in Newhall, California, and to schedule a visit with our dentist.