Medical Conditions Linked to Oral Health
Did you know there are many medical conditions linked to oral health? Here are just a few!
Endocarditis. This infection of the endocardium typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas of your heart.
Cardiovascular disease. Medical research connects inflammation/infection caused by oral bacteria to heart disease, atherosclerosis, and strokes.
Pneumonia. Bacteria from your mouth can find their way to your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
Diabetes. By reducing the body’s resistance to infection, diabetes puts your gums at risk. Gum disease is more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes, which lowers the body’s resistance to infection.
Osteoporosis. This bone-weakening disease is linked to periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
Certain drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.
Your regular visits are important opportunities to catch problems early. Your oral health is a window to your overall health! Call us today to schedule an appointment!