The inflammation that comes with gum disease
- Posted on: Oct 15 2022
At the practice of Dr. Patterson in Simi Valley, CA, we continue to watch the progression of research studies over the year to note trends or concerns in the field of dentistry. We also are urged to learn more about the way oral health impacts one’s overall health through what is known as the “oral-systemic connection.” When inflammation in the mouth occurs, it can increase one’s risk of a variety of other health concerns.
Understanding the inflammation that occurs with gum disease
Recent dental studies continually show that there is a link between periodontal disease, or gum disease, and the health of the body as a whole. While continued research is trying to demystify the link between periodontal health and overall health, it is essential that we focus on what we already know and how to avoid certain problems. Dentists find that many patients who have been diagnosed with this disease, which is an infection of the mouth, may experience a higher likelihood of other issues in the body due to the oral-systemic connection. This link between the inflammation in the mouth and inflammation throughout the body connects oral health to the rest of the body, making it more important than ever to avoid the development of periodontal disease. There have been links to diabetes, strokes, and heart disease from periodontal disease, showing a clear connection between the two.
How do I keep my smile healthy and free from infection and inflammation?
Take care of the smile each and every day by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Visiting the dentist twice a year is strongly encouraged, during which our team can evaluate the smile, clean the teeth, and educate you on how to protect your smile from decay and disease. If any problems arise between scheduled appointments, it is critical that you make an appointment with our providers to get a proper evaluation and diagnosis of your oral health concerns.
Call the practice of Dr. Patterson today!
If you reside in the Simi Valley, CA area and want to speak to our team about your oral health needs, call 805-584-1194 to request an appointment at our office. We are open to both new and existing patients and families in the community and surrounding areas.
Posted in: Periodontal Services