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Mouth – Body Connection
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Mouth – Body Connection

Understanding the relationship between oral health and systemic disease

Did you know that research studies continue to prove the relationships between oral health and systemic disease? Periodontal disease, which is a type of dental infection that starts in the mouth’s soft tissues, is a serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible with the assistance of a quality dental team. In addition, patients who have this infection may also experience other issues throughout the body due to the oral-systemic connection. Dr. Brian Gradinger and his team of professionals in Valencia, California, work routinely to educate patients on the conditions that can occur when the smile is not at its best!

  • Diabetes – infections like periodontal disease can increase blood sugar levels, leaving patients with difficulty controlling their glucose. Excess sugars in the mouth can contribute to the development of oral bacteria known for causing periodontal disease.
  • Heart disease – there are several theories revolving around the link between periodontitis and heart disease. Oral bacteria in the mouth from periodontal disease can carry through the bloodstream and spread inflammation throughout the body. Swelling of the arteries and worsening of any preexisting heart conditions can also occur.
  • Pregnancy complications – during pregnancy, women are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease due to the fluctuations in hormones. It can result in a higher risk of premature, underweight babies and serious medical issues such as preeclampsia.
  • Respiratory disease – respiratory issues such as pneumonia, emphysema, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) can be exacerbated in patients with periodontal disease due to the oral bacteria being drawn into the respiratory tract. It is also linked to severe inflammation in the lining of the lungs, making chronic lung issues more problematic for those who have them.

Learn more about how oral health affects the rest of you

If you are interested in learning more about complications and diseases caused by poor dental hygiene and want to start taking charge of your oral health, contact Dr. Brian Gradinger at his practice today at (661) 450-6650 to request a consultation visit. His office is in Valencia, CA, at 23838 Valencia Boulevard, Suite #301, and is open to new patients and families.