Could treating dental disease and reducing inflammation be the key to good health and a long life? Each day more and more studies come out showing that many of our health conditions such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancers are caused by a process known as inflammation. But did you know that one of the major factors that produces inflammation in your body is dental disease?
Oral infections are the most common diseases of mankind, they are so common that they affect over 90% of the World’s population. They are also a key risk factor for heart disease and increased inflammation in the body. The most common oral infections are cavities and gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodonitisis, which are chronic inflammatory diseases that slowly and steadily destroy the supporting structures of multiple teeth.
These dental infections incuding tooth decay can be treated by regular oral health care and visits to your dentist and dental hygienist.
There is a vast amount of clinical evidence supporting a link between oral infections, which are caused by the bacteria in our mouth, and heart disease. With this link between gum disease, heart disease and inflammation being so strong it has been shown that taking better care of you teeth can potentially lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems.
The majority of diseases and conditions of aging, including obesity and type 2 diabetes have a major inflammatory component that can be made worse by the presence of gum disease.
Gum disease is not just a dental disease, and it should not be ignored, as it is a risk factor for other health conditions. Treating gum disease and reducing inflammation in your mouth with regular dental visits and regular hygiene appointments is important for your oral health and for a healthy life.
This is the first in a series of blogs where Dr Rachel Hall will explore what causes inflammation and how to reduce it to improve your health and help prevent dental disease.
If you would like to know more about dental disease and how to live a healthy life then read Dr Rachel’s book called A Healthy Smile from Inside Out. How to Live & Eat to Prevent Tooth Decay.
If it has been 6 months or more since your last dental cleaning book an appointment to see our dental hygienist today 07 3720 1811 and get you dental health back on track.