Mouth Body Connection

At Cariodontal, we help our patients understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself. We know there is a direct correlation between chronic systemic diseases and the condition of your mouth. Periodontal inflammatory disease can have a negative impact on your health because the increased inflammatory response in the body caused by periodontitis is associated with various systemic conditions - such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, lung disease, cardiovascular disease and more recently Alzheimer’s, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis. It can even affect your pregnancy. Every year new research identifies another systemic condition to bacteria that we find in our mouth.

Treatments such as prescription drugs and chemotherapy can also increase susceptibility to periodontal inflammatory disease. Awareness of these inter- relationships can help us determine better treatment and prevention. Education and prevention are key to maximizing each patient’s unique bio-chemical makeup and to achieving optimal wellness. The more a patient understands their dental health situation, the better they can plan for their future.

What is Periodontal Disease? What we can do to treat it

Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. These include the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone. Periodontal disease can lead to bone loss, tooth loss and systemic diseases.

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What Systemic Diseases are Linked to Peridontal Disease?

Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several chronic diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible.

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The Relationship Between Cardiovascular Disease and Periodontal Disease

Research has shown that the same bacteria that damages the tissue in your mouth has been found in plaque locations along your cardiovascular system. This suggests that bacteria infiltrates the bloodstream after it causes damage.

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The Role of Nutrition and Your Oral Health

Nutrition can play a major factor in the way we feel and how we deal with infections. Lack of vitamin D for example, can constitute a higher risk of tooth attachment loss in patients with periodontal disease.

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Link Between Alzheimer’s and Gum Disease

Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK have determined that bacteria Porphyromonas Gingivitis was present in all brain samples taken from patients with Alzheimer’s.

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Link Between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

Diabetes is considered to be at epidemic proportions in the US. Gum disease is considered to be a major complication of diabetes. Like any infection, gum disease can make it hard to keep your blood sugar under control.

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