Highland Park, MN General Dentist Describes the Connection between Oral and General Health

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Mar 10, 2015

In recent years many studies have been conducted. It has been found that there is a strong correlation between problems and diseases of the mouth and those of the body. Your risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, respiratory and other chronic diseases increases with the presence of chronic dental infections and periodontal disease.

Heart Disease – Bacteria in the mouth resulting from periodontal disease attach themselves to coronary arteries as they enter the bloodstream. This can contribute to the formation of blood clots, potentially leading to narrowing of coronary arteries.

Respiratory Disease – Research also suggests that the same oral bacteria can pose a risk to people who suffer from pneumonia, emphysema, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Bacteria from the mouth are drawn into the lower respiratory tract during normal inhalation, creating bacterial infections.

–If you have pre-existing diabetic conditions, you are at greater risk of developing periodontal disease. The presence of periodontal disease increases blood sugar levels, and controlling glucose levels a challenge. This factor alone can increase the risk of serious diabetic complications.

There is clearly a significant relationship between the presence of periodontal disease and many serious diseases of the body. But there is a simple way to avoid these complications because periodontal disease is a highly preventable and treatable disease if it is caught quickly and not allowed to progress. Protect your oral and overall general health by contacting the Highland Park, MN General Dentist office to schedule your regular dental examinations and cleanings.