Gum Disease Dentist Novato Explains the Oral-Systemic Connection

Written by Dr. McConnell on Aug 11, 2015

Nowadays we are all aware of the way our lifestyle choices affect our health and well-being. Patients who visit the Gum Disease Dentist Novato all recognize the importance of living healthy: eating a balanced diet, enjoying regular exercise, drinking plenty of water and getting a good night’s sleep. It may not be as obvious, but practicing proper oral hygiene is important to your overall health.

The Oral-Systemic Link

Studies conducted in recent years indicate that there may be a link between gum disease and other health problems. Evidence has shown that bacteria in the mouth, which are associated with gum disease, may be linked to the complications of heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.

Research also suggests that bacteria that cause gum disease can be a contributing factor in bacterial pneumonia, which also can have serious consequences. The point is that regular visits to the dentist to maintain healthy gums are an important priority for those who are susceptible to pneumonia, such as the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

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. Also, controlling blood sugar can be more difficult for people with diabetes. 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 will improve your oral health and 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.

Please Contact our Office for an Appointment

Make an appointment today with your Gum Disease Dentist Novato 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.