Bakersfield, CA – Failing to take proper care of your teeth and gums doesn’t just damage your mouth, but might have a negative impact on your overall health. More studies are showing that patients who suffer from periodontal (gum) disease have a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and other serious health conditions.
Last month was American Heart Health Month, but we think it’s always a good time to talk about these links. For years we’ve suspected there was a link between poor oral health and cardiovascular disease, but now study after study has proven that to be true. We want our patients to know and understand these correlations so they can ensure optimum health.
Periodontal disease is a progressive and chronic disease affecting millions of adults. It is caused by a bacterial infection due to an unhealthy balance of bacteria which colonizes in the dental biofilm below the gum line. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to a range of oral and systemic risks and health consequences.
Along with my entire team, I take managing the oral contribution to total body inflammation as a crucial part of my care for patients. We offer a thorough and comprehensive Periodontal Risk Assessment that is the cornerstone of our patient-centered care. It enables you to make treatment decisions based upon your personal level of risk, ensuring the best level of care.
Well-established research shows that systemic diseases, including heart disease, have oral manifestations, which is why it is so important to share your complete medical history with me and also your dental hygienist. Everything in your body is closely related, so it’s important that we know any other health issues so we can create the best treatment plan. It can also be helpful for doctors and dentists to work together to help patients who suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health issues.
The foundations of our dental practice are prevention and health promotion. Keeping your particular risk factors in mind helps us personalize your care as we treat you, and not just your mouth. Please feel free to discuss any aspect of your care as it relates to a healthy mouth and a healthy life with your hygienist and with me at any appointment.
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