HEALTH RISKSDiabetes, High Blood Pressure & Stroke
Did you know that the health of your mouth and the rest of your body are connected?
While periodontal disease appears to affect only our mouths, it is related to other serious health complications like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Having a healthy mouth can contribute to your overall physical health.
Patients who are diabetic are more susceptible to developing infections, such as periodontal disease. The associations between these two conditions has been extensively studied for decades. Studies have determined that periodontal disease is more prevalent in diabetic patients than patients without diabetes. It has also been discovered that both of these chronic diseases are more severe, and progress more rapidly when they are occurring at the same time. Presence of periodontal disease also creates changes in the blood sugar levels of diabetics, making blood sugar control more difficult.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Research indicates that periodontal disease makes you more susceptible to heart disease, and can make existing heart conditions worse. Cells and chemicals from inflamed gum tissues travel through our blood stream, passing through our vital organs, including our hearts. The presence of inflammation exacerbates heart disease. Other studies have also investigated the connection between periodontal disease and strokes. While having periodontal disease does not directly cause you to have a stroke, studies have found that most people who have suffered a stroke had periodontal disease. This connection is also believed to be inflammation-related.
Dr. Susie Shin D.D.S., M.A.G.D. and her team of hygienists are dedicated to providing you the best dental care to assist you in maintaining your physical health. We offer customized hygiene routines, educational resources, and nutritional counseling for patient with medical conditions.
Talk with Dr. Shin today about your oral health, and be on your way to a healthier mouth!