Oral Systemic Link
We have known for 60 years that the oral bacteria associated with gum disease is found in the circulatory system. The bacteria in Plaque, the biofilm that lives on teeth and causes decay and gum diseases, is also found on the walls of our arteries. However, only recently has it been widely recognized that both the oral inflammation of gum disease and plaque are associated with systemic illness. While no cause and effect relationship has been identified, this oral pathology has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, premature and low birth weight babies and even Rheumatoid Arthritis.
On going research is looking into the nature of the link between oral health and systemic health but it stands to reason that inflammation in any part of the body is not good for the rest of the systems. Even though the symptoms of acute inflammation appear to be a local issue, inflammation is not a localized event it is a systemic response. While the factors that mediate the inflammatory response act locally they are released system wide. It is the systemic nature of inflammation that is a concern in the oral systemic link.
At Palo Alto Oral Health we are working to give you the information and the tools to help control oral inflammation before it becomes a factor in your systemic health. Our dental professionals are here to help you achieve your best oral health outcome. Because we believe it is about “Caring, Not Just Care”.
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