Scientists and members of the dental care community have been aware of a link between oral hygiene 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 Inflammation
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.
Health Considerations for Females
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, about how pregnancy or use of contraceptives may affect your overall oral health.
Health Concerns? Contact Campus Commons Periodontics Today
If you have additional questions about the connection between oral hygiene and systemic 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.