We believe strongly that the mouth is the gateway to the body. Reaching the goal of a healthy mouth is a key in overall health.
Heart – There is a link between heart disease and periodontal disease. Oral bacteria can affect the heart when it enters the bloodstream through bleeding gums. The bacteria can attach to existing fatty plaques in the coronary arteries, contributing to clot formation. Periodontal disease causes inflammation which also increases plaque buildup and swelling in the arteries. Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.
Stroke – Studies have linked a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. One study looking at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke found that people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group.
Diabetes – Gum disease is a complication of diabetes. Uncontrolled Type 2 diabetics are higher risk for gum disease. Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar. Diabetics have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums. Medications can cause dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections, and cavities. Poorly controlled diabetes will cause slow healing and increase your risk for infection after dental surgery.