Hospitalization or necessary medical treatment due to poor oral health? This isn’t an idea that we would normally consider as fact. However, research indicates that as many as 6,000 hospitalizations occur for that very reason. Even more medical care is provided to treat complications of conditions like diabetes. The question that we ask is whether or not the two could be related.
The state of your oral health can, in fact, affect your body. The same is true in contrast. If you have a general health condition like diabetes, your oral health may be something that you struggle to manage. When we provide care to patients of our Spring Lake office, support for general health and wellness is at the forefront of our minds.
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Scientific studies have concluded that oral health is directly impactful of general health, and related to a number of potentially serious conditions. These include:
- Studies have demonstrated a prevalence of gum disease in individuals with diabetes. There is also evidence that gum disease is an instigating factor in the development or worsening of diabetes and the symptoms of this condition. The common thread between declining oral health and diabetes is sugar. Because blood glucose levels may fluctuate in instances of diabetes, conditions are primed for oral bacteria to thrive.
- Cardiovascular disease. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition, and also a condition caused by bacteria. Bacteria are living, breathing, moving microorganisms that aren’t limited to your mouth. They can pass into the blood and land directly in the vessels of the heart where they play a significant role in the narrowing of the arteries.
- Alzheimer’s Disease. A recent study suggests that individuals with chronic periodontitis, or gum disease, have a 70% greater chance of developing some form of dementia later in life. This is a significant finding because previous studies were conducted on individuals who had already been diagnosed with dementia.
You Know What to Do
You know that your mouth stays healthier when you brush your teeth morning and night, and when you floss every single day before bed. Experts also suggest that oral health benefits when we avoid alcohol consumption and tobacco use.
If you have questions about the best way to care for your mouth, we’re here to help. Schedule a consultation and cleaning at (847) 223-5200.