DENTAL APPOINTMENTS CAN TELL A HEALTH STORY!
We are told to see the dentist every 6 months for a cleaning/checkup.
We often put this and other health checkup appointments off.
Did you know gum disease can affect your general health. For example:
Inhaling bacteria from the mouth and throat can lead to pneumonia
Dental plaque buildup create a dangerous source of bacteria that can be in haled
into the lungs.
Reduction in bone mass (osteopnia) is associated with gum disease and related to tooth loss
Severity has been connected to tooth loss in postmenopausal women.
Those with adult periodontitis may have increased risk of stroke.
Those with adult periodontitis may have increased risk of fatal heart attack. and are more
likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Bacteria from the mouth may cause clotting problems in the cardiovascular system
Chronic periodotal disease can disrupt diabetic control. Diabetes can alter the pocket
environment, contributing to bacterial overgrowth. Smokers with diabetes increase their
risk of tooth loss by 20 times. People with type 11 diabetes are three times as likely to develop
periodontal diease than are nondiabetics.