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Dr. Andrew Huang of Santa Teresa Dental advised, “taking good care of your teeth and gums isn’t just about preventing cavities or bad breath. The mouth is a window into the health of the body.”
Your mouth can show if you are not eating foods that are best for you or signal that you may be at risk for a disease.
Diseases that affect the entire body (such as diabetes) , may first be noticed because of mouth sores or other oral problems.
The mouth is filled with countless bacteria! Some bacterial are linked to tooth decay and periodontal disease aka gum disease.
Gum disease may be connected with diabetes and cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke). A link between these systemic (whole body) conditions and periodontal disease does not mean that one condition causes the other, however.
Diseases like diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV infections and AIDS lower the body’s resistance to infection, making gum diseases more severe. Several studies link ongoing inflammation from periodontitis with heart disease, artery blockages and stroke.
People with diabetes often have gum disease and diabetics are more likely to develop and have
more severe periodontitis than non—diabetics. Some studies suggest periodontitis can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar.
Although periodontitis may relate to these health concerns, this does not mean that one condition causes the other. But it is known that diabetics and smokers are at increased risk for developing periodontal disease. Researchers are still looking at what happens when periodontitis is treated in individuals with these various health problems.
Any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Andrew Huang of Santa Teresa Dental.