Oral Inflammation

Here are a couple of key facts to consider:

  • Inflammation is a leading cause of death and the number one source of inflammation in humans is oral inflammation.
  • Oral inflammation play a critical role in inflammation overall and associated inflammatory diseases.
  • Dental professionals and their prescribed treatment plans can greatly reduce the occurrences of oral inflammation.

Some recent groundbreaking studies have addressed the critical importance of good oral hygiene and the role it plays in your overall health. 

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Inflammation is the body’s response to bacteria, virus and injury and persistent inflammation, like that associated with periodontal disease, could create significant health risks if not properly treated in a timely manner.

The mouth is the gateway for much of the pathogenic bacteria that can negatively affect our health. It’s also a location for potential infections that can cause serious health issues and as a result it’s absolutely critical that proper oral health is maintained.

Because this gateway never stops, there is always a risk that this negative bacteria can spread throughout the body, causing all types of inflammatory diseases.

Consider the following:

  • The American Hearth Association Journal cites studies showing a direct link between oral pathogens (those associated with periodontal disease) and acute heart attacks. The studies have shown that as many as half of all heart attacks are triggered by oral pathogens. In other words, quality dental care and good oral health should be a part of any discussion about heart attack prevention.
  • In a study of more than 500,000 participants, periodontal disease was shown to be a major risk factor for strokes. More importantly, the same study shows that when periodontal treatment is performed the risk for stroke is reduced significantly.
  • When it comes to those suffering from diabetes, periodontal treatment has been shown to be as affective in lowering A1C levels as most medications, but doesn’t include many of the harmful side effects. Plus, a reduction in oral inflammation in diabetics can lead to a decrease in health-care costs by as much as 25% per year.
  • Several recent studies have shown that periodontal disease and/or early tooth loss could be an indication of increased risk for dementia.
  • Recent research has found that many common oral pathogens may not simply contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease, but they many actually be the cause of it.

Here’s What the Medical Field Has to Say About Oral Inflammation

Oral swelling has a substantial effect on overall inflammatory disease and not only is the elimination of such inflammation helpful, but it is getting to a point where the medical community is demanding it.

At a recent symposium on the heart, Dr. Marc Penn, MD, PhD, the former director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Cleveland Clinic, stated very clearly, “Don’t ever forget to look at periodontal disease as an important source of inflammation in reference to cardiovascular disease.”

One of the most influential cardiovascular surgeons, Dr Lloyd Rudy, said it best when he compared the body’s inflammatory response to infection to that of a house fire. “Inflammation is fire. When vascular walls around the heart catch fire, we have heart attacks and strokes. Think of the body as a house and the mouth as the kitchen – when we have gum disease, we have a ‘fire’ in our ‘kitchen’ that may “burn down the house.”

Some of the latest research on oral inflammation is shedding new light on this indisputable truth.

Oral health and wellness is an essential component of preventive cardiology, a significant accessory to diabetic treatment, and a major part of the deterrence of any kind of inflammatory illness. This is why managing oral inflammation is so crucial. This is why taking a look at periodontal disease through the new lens of oral-systemic wellness is so critical for our client’s health.

The majority of the time you can’t see inflammation and chances are, it probably doesn’t hurt. Fortunately, our dental professionals now perform a simple test for oral inflammation and we include it as part of every dental exam.

We now know what the problem is and the research proves it.  The mouth is not simply just another part of the body, it’s the MOST important part.

The mouth is where life begins. Let’s not let it end there!

What happens in your mouth doesn't stay in your mouth.

Take a few minutes to watch this 3 minute video clip that explains bacteria buildup in your mouth and the link to systemic diseases. You’ll be amazed!

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