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Systemic Linkage

“Yes your dental health is linked to your physical health!”

Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center, Duluth MN cares about more than just your oral health. The term “the oral-systemic link” refers to the connection between the periodontal (gum/bone) disease of the mouth and systemic (body) diseases.  Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease process resulting from the interaction between bacterial attacks and the body’s inflammation response.  Periodontal disease has been shown to result in inflammatory responses in other parts of the body. The bacteria pathogens enter the body through the mouth when bleeding and unhealthy tissues are present.  The saying is “if you bleed out-bacteria has a route in”.  So if you have bleeding when you brush your teeth or floss, you are allowing the bacteria into your body.  Healthy gums and bone do not bleed on brushing, and flossing or professional cleanings by Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center, Duluth MN or your dental professional are the best way to improve the oral health problem.

A multitude of systemic disease and conditions are linked to mouth bacteria as a contributing factor.  They include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, hypertension, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy complications, and even some cancers.

Periodontal disease is a chronic low-grade inflammation problem.  The American Dental Association states 47% of the adults population over 30 has mild to severe periodontal disease and approximately 70% of adults in the U.S. over age 65 have moderate to severe forms of periodontal disease.   There are 500-700 different species of bacteria that exist in the mouth but only 5% cause periodontal disease. When the bacteria is stirred up with floss, brushing and professional cleanings the host (you) increase your ability to decrease the inflammation process.  This in return allows less inflammation in your body to decrease systemic diseases.  People with periodontal disease are 40% more likely to have other chronic health conditions than those with healthy gums.

Cardiovascular Diseases, such as congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, valvular heart disease have detected bacteria in the arteries linked to bacteria that originate in the mouth. The chief indicators in heart diseases being are C-reactive proteins and other inflammation mediators also found in the mouth.

Diabetes and periodontal disease is considered bi-directional.  This means during the period of disease , which varies widely depending on several factors, there can be improvement or regression.  Periodontal disease results in difficulty controlling glucose levels in the blood. Poor blood sugar control results in a greater prevalence and severity of periodontal disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune-mediated chronic inflammatory joint disease. Bacteria involved in periodontal disease increases this inflammatory process in the body.

Poor brushing and flossing complicate pulmonary diseases such as bronchitis and pneumonia.  Increased bacterium in the mouth increases the inflammation but also increases aspirating the bacteria into the lungs.  Studies in nursing homes have shown that increasing brushing and flossing decrease pulmonary diseases by 30% or more.

Preterm births have been linked to poor brushing and flossing as well as lack of dental treatment.  Cavities and infections in the mouth lead to increased inflammation and response of the pregnant mom.

Periodontal inflammation, mouth infections, and decay are diseases.  They have dental and medical consequences which your dental professionals can help you understand and pursue treatment as needed.

Need to schedule a dentist appointment? Contact Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center, Duluth MN today!

Websites and information sites: – The Critical Role of the oral Systemic Clinic in Clinical Practice