The link between good periodontal health and good overall health, has been well established in medical and dental literature. Understanding this link can help you protect your most precious asset, your health. The mouth is the easiest path that bacteria use to enter the body. Twice daily brushing and flossing is the simplest and most cost effective way to keep this bacteria under control. Regular cleaning at the dentist will remove the deeper plaque and bacteria associated with gingivitis and periodontitis.
The inflammation associated with periodontitis has been linked to many diseases.
For example: Cardiovascular Disease - Research suggests that coronary artery disease, stroke and hypertension may be linked to the presence of oral bacteria in the bloodstream.
Low Birth Weight - Periodontitis has been positively linked to premature birth and low birth weight in babies.
Diabetes - Periodontitis has been linked to higher Blood Sugar levels in Diabetic patients. Diabetic patients, because of their reduced ability to fight infection, get more severe periodontitis.
Alzheimer's Disease - Periodontal tooth loss before the age of 35 has been linked to development of Alzheimer's Disease.
Remember, good regular home care and regular professional care at your dentist can improve the quality of your whole life, not just your smile.