What Does ‘Oral Systemic Health’ Mean?

What Does 'Oral Systemic Health' Mean?Oral systemic health is the linked two-way connection between oral health and the body’s overall health. Numerous studies have linked poor oral health to systemic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy complications, and so on. Understanding this link between your entire body and your oral health may help you feel more inclined to take care of your smile. Many people believe that taking care of their oral health just protects their teeth and gums, but that is simply not the case. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, can work with you to evaluate your oral health and the possible effects it may be having on your overall condition. The following oral health conditions could impact your body in a negative way. 

Gum Disease

Research has shown that gum (periodontal) disease, especially the advanced form known as periodontitis, is associated with several other diseases. For many, many years, it was thought that bacteria was the culprit linking gum disease to other diseases in the body. More recent research, however, shows that inflammation may be responsible for the link. Periodontal disease has a bacterial origin. It is progressive and starts with a bacterial buildup along the gum line. At the early stages, the gums can become inflamed and irritated. Over time, the bacteria can cause the gums to recede and create pockets for bacteria to build up even further.  Treating gum disease early may reverse it, but once it has advanced, it will be something that needs to be managed forever to protect the smile from lost teeth and gum tissue and to protect the body from problems.

TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea

Bacteria and inflammation in your smile is not the only oral health condition that can affect your overall health. TMJ disorder can lead to headaches and pain in your face, neck, and shoulders. Sleep apnea can increase your chances of high blood pressure and therefore heart disease, stroke, and more.

Your overall health is linked to your oral health

In short, oral systemic health means that your smile’s condition is linked to your body’s well-being. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities.