Did you know that the health of your mouth plays an important part in the overall health of your body? For years scientists have studied the connection between gum disease, diabetes, and heart disease. They’ve made some incredible discoveries when it comes to the mouth-body connection. Keep your mouth (and the rest of your body) healthy with twice-yearly dental screenings and gum disease treatment in Westchester. Keep the rest of your body healthy by visiting the your Westchester dentist for an exam!
Your Mouth is the Gateway to Your Body
When bacteria builds up on the teeth due to a lack of dental care (or just regular brushing and flossing!) it makes your teeth more susceptible to gum disease, and possibly even a severe infection. If there is bacteria present on your gums or teeth, your immune system will send out a means of defense. This defense system causes inflammation throughout your mouth. The inflammation can erode and eat away at gum and bone tissue if you don’t get the infected treated. Inflammation like this is what causes periodontitis, or a severe form of gum disease. If you have periodontitis, visit our Westchester periodontist for an effective treatment method today!
Gum Disease, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
As many as 91% of patients with heart disease report a severe form of gum disease. Studies show inflammation in the mouth causes inflammation throughout the blood vessels, which could raise blood pressure and cause a severe heart attack.
Inflammation in the mouth is also said to severely affect the body’s ability to control and regulate blood sugar, which could result in type 2 diabetes. High blood sugars provide bacteria with the perfect growing ground, causing gum disease or periodontitis. Uncontrolled diabetes can also cause heart disease and other medical problems.
Protect your body by protecting your mouth from dental disease and decay! Visit the Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale twice yearly to keep your mouth healthy and damage free. With regular checkups our dental specialists will be able to catch (and treat!) any dental health issue before it affects the health of your entire body. Call our offices today to set up a consultation appointment and let us help you make your dental health a priority again! If you want to learn more about the mouth-body connection, see our page about it here.