When you think about the body, you begin to realize how much it all connects. This being said, oral health is incredibly linked to the overall whole body health. The oral cavity in a human is a major hub for growing and distributing bacteria. Because the mouth is a warm and moist place, bacteria thrive – and because the mouth is an immediate source to the blood stream, bacteria can move through the body. This link between the mouth and the body is the oral-systemic connection.
For instance, this connection becomes primarily important when you are suffering from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease develops when your gingivitis is left untreated. Periodontal disease, or often referred to as periodontitis has been associated with a number of health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Many risk factors associated with periodontal and systemic diseases include smoking or poor diet.
If you suffer from periodontitis or you know you are diabetic or can be prone or have heart disease, you should immediately seek dental attention. Dr. Busch is equipped to handle oral-systemic issues; therefore, you need to get your conditions under control.
It is important to understand that gum disease is manageable and preventable. Dentists everywhere are turning to advanced technology, like lasers to demolish any sign of gum disease, including other growth of bacteria. Laser dentistry is used to kill diseased gum tissue, and prevent more soft tissue from becoming diseased. Other ways to prevent gum disease is to manage your oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth as a part of your daily routine is essential. Brushing your teeth, twice, day and night will help prevent excess bacteria from growing, and reduce harmful plaque and other food debris from collecting. Flossing is also important, as it removes any debris and collecting food and plaque from in between the teeth, where your toothbrush bristles cannot reach.
If you believe you could be a strong candidate for developing any of the aforementioned diseases, you should immediately contact your dental professional. Your dentist and their team are able to help you with your oral and body conditions, to keep you as healthy as possible.