Novato, CA Periodontal Dentist Discusses the “Healthy Mouth-Healthy Body” Connection

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jul 28, 2014

We live in a health-conscious society. Patients who visit our Novato, CA Periodontal Office all recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle: a balanced diet, regular exercise, plenty of water and a good night’s sleep. But did you know that good oral hygiene is also a step toward a healthier life?

Recent research suggests there may be a link between gum disease and other health problems. For example, several studies point out associations between gum disease and the development of cardiovascular problems. There is evidence that bacteria in the mouth which are associated with gum disease may be linked to heart disease, artery blockages and stroke.

Additional research suggests that the bacteria that cause gum disease can be a contributing factor in bacterial pneumonia, which also can have serious consequences. You can see, then, that maintaining healthy gums could be important for people who are susceptible to bacterial pneumonia, such as people prone to respiratory infections, those with compromised immune systems or the elderly.

Studies also indicate that pregnant women who have gum disease may be at increased risk for pre-term delivery, which in turn increases the risk of having a low-birth-weight baby. And people with diabetes can make it more difficult for them to control their blood sugar. Furthermore, if periodontal disease is treated in diabetics, their sugar control can improve.

Think of good oral health care as part of a healthy lifestyle. By Limiting your exposure to the bacteria that cause gum disease you will not only improve your oral health, but also may protect your cardiovascular system, reduce your risk of pneumonia and, if you are pregnant, improve your chances of having a healthy full-term baby.

Make an appointment today with your Marin County Periodontal office for a through exam and professional cleaning. Prevention and early diagnosis are the keys to keeping periodontal disease from taking its toll on your oral health as well as your general health.