Oral Systemic Connection; What You Need to Know to Protect Your Health

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

 

Phoenix dentist Dr Donald Wilcox and his professional hygiene staff seek to provide the last in preventive periodontal treatment to patients from Glendale, Phoenix and many other parts of the valley.  The last few years the medical and dental literature is on fire regarding the "Oral Systemic Connection".  In simpler terms, oral bacteria are being implicated in numerous medical conditions and the medical community is becoming much more aware that the mouth is not separate from the rest of the body.  Some medical practitioners are testing oral saliva for bacteria levels as part of their diagnostic care.  Recent studies have also shown patients with healthy periodontal tissues have 22% less medical costs.

More than 70 international experts from The American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology conducted an intense review of the available evidence supporting the association between periodontal disease and other systemic diseases.  The consensus report concluded:

*There is strong evidence that periodontal disease provides an increase risk for future cardiovascular disease.

*There is an independent association between moderate to severe periodontal disease and an increase risk for the development or progression of diabetes.

*An association between maternal periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as low birth weight.

*Evidence suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and COPD, pneumonia, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, metabolic syndrome and cancers.

In conclusion, there is a strong association between periodontal disease and conditions affecting many of the body's other systems.

To get a periodontal assessment contact DesertSmiles to one of our outstanding and well trained hygienists.  Your health could be dependent upon now or in the future.  Visit www.DesertSmiles.com for more information.