Oral Systemic Health

Research has shown that there is a correlation between the health of your mouth and the health of your body.

Scientists have been studying how people with periodontal disease often suffer from several other major diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks, stokes, kidney cancer, high blood pressure, lung infections, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and pancreatic cancer. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other diseases in the body; however, more recent research suggests that inflammation may be responsible for this association. Whenever your gums blood vessels burst and begin to bleed it allows whatever bacteria are in your mouth entry into your blood stream. Therefore, treating not just periodontitis but any inflammation within your mouth may not only help manage oral diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic conditions.

Oral systemic health in children

Oral systemic health is not just tied to adults but to children as well. Studies have shown correlation's between the health of a child's mouth and a child's growth and development. Children with poor oral health often have lower than ideal weights and can suffer from psychosocial maladjustment due to a persistent dissatisfaction with their appearance, hearing, speech, teeth, and social life.