The 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 linked 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 interrelationships can help us determine better treatment and prevention.

Education and prevention are key to maximizing each patient’s unique biochemical makeup and to achieve optimal wellness. The more a patient understands his or her dental health situation, the better one can plan for the future.

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