Oral-systemic health goes beyond the condition of your teeth and mouth. When you have poor oral health, this can affect your body’s overall well-being. In fact, studies have shown a connection between periodontal health and other bodily ailments and conditions. Dr. Wayde Fawcett at the Fawcett Center for Dentistry has extensive experience treating a variety of dental concerns and is dedicated to improving the health of patients’ gums and teeth. By staying on top of the latest updates in dental technology and research, he is able to help patients improve their oral health and, in turn, their systemic health as well.
- Periodontal Disease and Systemic Conditions
- Periodontal Disease and Erectile Dysfunction
- Periodontal Disease and Diabetes
- Oral Health and Metabolic Syndrome
Periodontal Disease and Systemic Conditions
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 47% of adults aged 30 and older have some form of gum disease. If left untreated, the disease can worsen and begin to impact other areas of the body. In fact, studies have shown a link between periodontal disease and systemic diseases. ScienceDirect® journals highlight some of those diseases and conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Insulin resistance
- Gastrointestinal cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Pregnancy complications
- Respiratory tract infection
The presence of periodontal pathogens may promote the development of other diseases, whether directly or indirectly. Bacteria buildup on teeth could also lead to inflammation, which may result in additional ailments.
Periodontal Disease and Erectile Dysfunction
Studies show periodontal disease and erectile dysfunction may share certain risk factors, such as diabetes, smoking, and heart disease. According to the National Library of Medicine, there is evidence to support a link between the two, such as systemic inflammation. By treating gum disease, patients struggling with erectile dysfunction may also see improvements.
Periodontal Disease and Diabetes
Gum inflammation can lead to higher blood glucose levels, which can lead to a higher risk of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association also states that diabetes can result in an increased chance of developing gum disease, cavities, and dry mouth. Due to this connection between the two conditions, it is important to practice good oral hygiene and be aware of your risk of developing diabetes.
Oral Health and Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is categorized as a collection of conditions that occur together, thus increasing a person’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. The Mayo Clinic highlights potential conditions, such as:
- Increased blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- High cholesterol
- High triglycerides
There is evidence to support a link between poor oral health and metabolic syndrome. The National Library of Medicine discusses a risk factor of the syndrome being oral diseases, like periodontal disease. As the dental condition worsens, this creates bacteria in the bloodstream and systemic inflammation, which can lead to metabolic disorders that evolve into metabolic syndrome.
Contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry
To learn more about periodontal disease, available treatments, or receive professional oral cleaning, contact our office to schedule a consultation or appointment.
Medical Resources for Oral-Systemic Health
American Diabetes Association
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
National Library of Medicine
National Library of Medicine
The Mayo Clinic