The lines between oral health and overall health are fairly blurred. The idea that you go to the dentist just to maintain your smile is somewhat antiquated. Keeping your gums and teeth healthy can translate into staving off much more serious conditions. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, expands upon the concept of oral-systemic health.
Periodontal Disease as a Gateway
When gums become infected, you have a condition called periodontal disease (gum disease). Gum tissue is responsible for holding your teeth securely in place. When bacteria cause inflammation in the gums, they become damaged and recede. Eventually, if not treated, your teeth can become loose and even fall out. Decayed or missing teeth, and damaged gum tissue, provide even more opportunities for bacteria to wreak havoc. Entering the blood stream through the highway of your mouth, the same bacteria related to gum disease have been found in the arteries of heart disease patients, and the brains of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, arthritis, diabetes, and pre-term labor have all been linked to gum disease.
TMD and Sleep Apnea
TMJ disorder (TMD) causes headaches, neck, and jaw pain, among many other symptoms that can affect quality of life. Sufferers of TMD often experience tooth damage from grinding their teeth while they sleep. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is also a side effect of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) presents itself in the form of up to 100s of frantic arousals from sleep every night, as a patient gasps for breath. The lack of proper rest and constant struggle for oxygen has been connected with heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
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