A growing collection of research shows that the dentist plays an important part in what is known as your systemic, or entire body health. Oral Systemic Health considers that the health of your mouth and teeth have an effect on your overall health as well as your quality of life and even possibly your longevity.

Founder of Aesthetic Smile Design, Dr. Gary Edeer, is a member of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), an organization dedicated to promoting awareness and health-conscious practice among the public and health professionals of all fields. We know how crucial oral health is, and that’s why we make patient health and safety our top priority. We here to share with you the knowledge that can protect your overall health. Patient education is one of the cornerstones of our practice.

How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health

Studies show a connection between periodontal disease, or gum disease, and certain health conditions like:

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Premature birth and other pregnancy issues

What is the connection between gum disease and increased health risks such as these? Originally, the connection was blamed on bacterial spreading from the mouth to the lungs and stomach. Researchers discovered, however, that the real culprit is inflammation.

Your body naturally responds to infection with inflammation. When the infection clears, the inflammation goes away. With gum disease, however, it does not go away without treatment. Chronic infections like gum disease lead to chronic inflammation, which we are just learning can have harmful lasting effects.

With proper dental care and home hygiene, you can protect yourself from the dangers of oral disease. By working with a health-conscious dentist, we can help monitor you for any changes and stay on top of your overall health.