Written by: on May 27, 2016 @ 8:22 am

other factors of the mouth-body connectionHow serious do you take your dental hygiene? Over 90% of adults in America admit to being afflicted by tooth decay in at least one of their permanent teeth. Nearly 80% have gum disease to some extent, which is incurable once it takes a hold. Nevertheless, many people do not consider such dental issues a major health concern, and proper oral hygiene even less so.

Ever-increasing amounts of data, however, paint a picture of the deeper concerns that can stem from an unhealthy mouth, a relationship commonly referred to as the oral-systemic connection.  Today, we explore the importance of maintaining your mouth’s clean bill of health, and look at some of the more important factors of the mouth-body connection.

Mouth Health

Much of the research concerning your mouth’s importance to your physical wellbeing involves the role that oral disease plays in the development of systemic illnesses. For instance, gum disease, which begins with the excessive buildup of bacterial dental plaque, works to destroy your supporting gum tissue and jawbone. When your mouth’s soft tissues are compromised, the affected areas can provide access for mouth germs to enter your bloodstream and travel throughout your body. Consequently, the germs responsible for gum disease are suspected to increase your risk of developing some chronic systemic illnesses.

Heart Health

One of the more prevalent arms of the mouth-body connection consists of inflammatory heart conditions, such as heart disease and atherosclerosis, being accelerated by the presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis. Not only does P. gingivalis contribute greatly to the formation of dental plaque, it also incites your immune system’s inflammatory response, turning your body’s defense mechanism against itself. Inflamed gums are a common sign that gum disease is imminent, and if the germ is allowed to swim through your veins and arteries, it can potentially incite the same damaging inflammation in other tissues, such as the components of your heart.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights, MI.

Catogories: Oral Systemic health

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