Bakersfield Dental Services

Whole Health Dentistry

discussing the whole body connection

Dentistry is not just about pretty teeth. It’s about total body wellness.

Wellness Dentistry is a combination of emerging technologies in medicine with a growing awareness of the role oral health plays in overall health. By practicing oral systemic health, not only are we able to help improve smiles, but also positively impact whole health through early disease detection, inflammation management, and personalized treatment options.

Mouth-Body Connection

The key to better health is right under your nose!

Our body is an intricate system and everything in it is connected!

More than 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). This serious gum infection should not be taken lightly in that an unhealthy mouth contains certain bacteria, yeasts, or viruses that live around the teeth and under the gums. This condition allows dangerous pathogens to enter your bloodstream and spread throughout your body. Gum disease is now related to more than 46 diseases and cross-referenced to 57 other health issues.

If you have active gum disease, a plan to stabilize it will be our first priority.

Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Disease

More and more studies confirm that oral bacteria have the ability to attach to fatty plaques in the arteries surrounding the heart, helping to form clots that could lead to a heart attack.

These same oral bacteria can attach to fatty plaques in the arteries of the brain, thus helping to form clots, which can block blood flow and cause a stroke.

Those with gum disease are 2.5 times more likely to suffer cardiovascular events than those with healthy gums!

Gum Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes and periodontal disease are bi-directional. That is, a full 95% of diabetics also have periodontal disease because diabetes slows the body’s natural healing process. Conversely, the inflammation caused by specific periodontal bacteria can interfere with the control and management of blood sugar levels in those with diabetes.

If you already have diabetes, you are 2-4 times more likely to develop gum disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications.

Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

Higher levels of antibodies to oral bacteria are associated with increased inflammation in the body, which is linked to greater rates of cognitive decline.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic is a cluster of conditions that not only increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes but also includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Your Health is Our Top Priority

Gum disease also contributes to whole body inflammation which is a major destructive force in many other diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers, respiratory diseases, and adverse pregnancy outcomes, including low birth weight.

If you are trying to achieve longevity and vitality you must have optimum oral health.

“You can be sick with a healthy mouth but you cannot be healthy with a sick mouth.” Our comprehensive goal is to find disease early, stabilize, or cure it.

Let us help you achieve and maintain a mouth that is as healthy as it can be! Contact Bakersfield Dentistry for Total Body Wellness today.