Understanding oral systemic health

iStock 495827904Dentists are extremely familiar with the link between the smile and the body, but many patients are not. This link, known as the “oral system connection,” is vital for patients to understand. It is specifically related to inflammation and infection that develops in the mouth and the ways it can affect other parts of the body. At Schmitt Dental, we take time to educate our patients on this critical link and assist them in improving both their smiles and their overall health and wellness! 

How does the oral systemic connection impact the mouth and the body? 

The mouth is known as the gateway to the entire body. When your mouth has developed inflammation and infection, such as periodontal disease or gingivitis, the inflammation and infection doesn’t remain in the mouth. Instead, the toxins and bacteria can enter into the bloodstream, being taken throughout the body and affecting other organs. 

What conditions may be impacted by poor oral health habits? 

Patients who do not take good care of their smile may be at a much higher risk of developing a variety of medical conditions. In fact, patients who have periodontal disease may be susceptible to the following health problems: 

  • Impaired fetal development
  • Kidney disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Orthopedic implant failure

How do I reduce my risk of related conditions caused by the oral systemic connection? 

It starts with a smile. The dentist at Schmitt Dental works routinely with patients who are experiencing changes in their oral health and wellness. It is vital that they avoid the development of periodontal disease from the start. Patients who brush and floss after every meal, visit their dentist every six months for cleanings and evaluations, and who call their dentist when changes occur are often in the best position to protect themselves from infection and inflammation in the smile and in the body. Patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease will need to work with our team to control the infection effectively with recommended treatments. 

Call Schmitt Dental today 

With three locations throughout Clarksville, TN, our team of professionals can work alongside you to assist you in bringing your smile—and body—to health! Our practice locations are open to new patients and families seeking quality, comprehensive dental care.  

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