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Your mouth and your health Feb. 6, 2008, 6:40 a.m.
Did you know that the health of your mouth has a direct affect on the overall health of your entire body? Even with the great advances in medicine today, even a broken tooth, an impacted wisdom tooth, or a cavity can lead to an extended hospital stay. The Surgeon General stated in his Report on Oral Health in America, “The mouth is the gateway to the body and you cannot be healthy without oral health. Oral health and general health are inseparable.”
People who are missing several teeth are shown to have more problems with their stomachs, such as acid reflux disorder and heartburn. Because these people are unable to properly chew their food, they end up swallowing larger than optimal pieces, causing greater stress on their stomach. In fact, the stomach begins to produce more acid, which continues down the intestinal tract, causing irritation that erodes the lining of the intestines. These people often end up taking expensive prescription medications or antacid tablets to relieve the burning sensation ultimately caused by inadequate chewing. This results in a masking of the underlying problem, which is left untreated and eventually leads to greater erosion of tooth enamel. Tooth enamel erosion causes increased sensitivity and pain while chewing, eating, and drinking. By treating the cause of the problem and adding implants, bridges, or more properly caring for your teeth, we are often able to alleviate the symptoms and increase your overall well being.
Several recent studies also show a direct relation between oral health and dementia. Data indicates that people with fewer teeth pose a greater risk for this debilitating disease. It has been proven that more attentive oral care results in less risk for mental decline.
It is now well understood that gingivitis and periodontal disease vastly increase the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease. In addition to receding gums, bone and tooth loss, and bleeding gums, these diseases have been linked to many systemic diseases. It has been indicated that the bacteria that cause plaque deposits on teeth are also present in arteries, possibly contributing to their formation and increase in stature. Treatments for periodontal disease have also shown to decrease the amount of inflammation present throughout the body. These treatments may involve more frequent routine cleanings or complex periodontal therapy requiring prescription medications.
Poor oral health has been identified as a stronger predictor of heart disease than other risk factors such as low levels of good cholesterol, high levels of a clotting agent, and high levels of certain fats in the bloodstream. Long-term and short-term studies continue to clarify the links between oral bacteria, inflammation, and systemic disease.
Please call us to begin our partnership in caring for your teeth and the health of your entire body, leading to a healthier and more attractive smile.
Yours in good oral health,
Marko Farian, D.D.S.
Dr. Marko Farian’s office is located in the Winking Lizard Plaza in Macedonia.
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