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The Mouth is a Window into the Health of the Body

Posted under Gum Disease on December 18th, 2012 | 6 Comments
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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.

  • Lindsay R.

    First thanks for the very informative article. Regarding diabetes, i was wondering if a list of all the names and dosages of all my medications i am taking would be helpful for a dentist. Maybe even the name and contact details of my doctor who treats my diabetes?

    • http://www.stdental.com/our-blog/ stDental

      Yes, all of the above would be very helpful to your dentist. At Santa Teresa Dental, we check all your medication with an online database. We check for any possible oral complication and recommend treatments accordingly.

  • http://www.stdental.com/our-blog/ Santa Teresa Dental

    Yes, all of the above would be very helpful to your dentist. At Santa
    Teresa Dental, we check all your medication with an online database. We
    check for any possible oral complication and recommend treatments
    accordingly.

  • http://www.prestigedentalproducts.com/Dental-Equipment/ dental chair

    I am also agree with you. That is why you should always take care of your dental health. A good brush is also a good element for a good dental care.

    • http://www.stdental.com/our-blog/ Santa Teresa Dental

      Dear Dental Chair!

      Thank you so much for your comment. We are glad that you find our information useful.

  • Mark Robert N

    I agree with the statement that Mouth is the window into the health of the body. The research has done that proves the relationship between bad dental health can cause the other health problems including oral cancer, heart disease etc. Read about how oral health can affect the overall health on http://stayfitnhealthy.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/why-it-is-important-to-maintain-the-oral-health/