Scientists and members of the dental care community have
been aware of a link between oral
and overall health for some time. As new advances in modern
medicine continue to be uncovered, so do new details about this undeniable and
important connection. Here is a crash course in what you need to know about the
connection between oral health and systemic disease, courtesy of Dr. Jonathan
Szmanowski, a leading periodontist in Sacramento, CA
, and partner Dr. C. Thaddeus Szymanowski.
The Role of
Numerous studies suggest a connection between inflammation
associated with periodontitis and other systemic diseases, among them diabetes,
heart disease, respiratory disease, osteoporosis and cancer. Thus, properly
treating and managing inflammation brought on due to periodontal disease is
likely to also minimize symptoms associated with these systemic diseases.
How Diseases Can
Affect Oral Health
Just as inflammation associated with gum disease can worsen
symptoms of diseases affecting other parts of the body, some diseases, such as
diabetes, HIV and AIDS, can lower your ability to fight off infection, which can
in turn worsen existing oral health issues.
While some diseases can lead to additional oral health
problems in both males and females, some concerns are relevant only to females.
Estrogen health has been linked to periodontal disease, and evidence shows that
women with low estrogen levels are more likely to develop periodontal disease
than those with adequate estrogen levels. Some female contraceptives have also
been linked to periodontal distress, so it is a good idea to speak to your periodontist in Sacramento, CA
how pregnancy or use of contraceptives may affect your overall oral health.
Contact Campus Commons Periodontics Today
If you have additional questions about the connection
between oral hygiene
health, or if you wish to speak with one of our professionals regarding your
own unique situation, contact Campus Commons Periodontics today by calling (916) 999-1305.
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