I know we have all been told of the importance of brushing three times daily and flossing regularly. Due to recent studies, brushing may be more important than we think. Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease. Accumulation of plaque causes it to inflame the gums. If left untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is a more serious and damaging infection.
In a recent blog, we discussed a clean healthy smile and periodontal issues. Today we will briefly touch on the healthy mouth and healthy body. Recent studies have demonstrated there is a link between certain diseases and periodontal diseases, such as heart disease (more common in women), diabetes, and stroke. When bacteria enter the bloodstream through the mouth it is dispersed to all major organs. All of the diseases are major causes of death in both woman and men. To better understand the nature of the association and impact gum disease has on our overall health, researchers are constantly studying and analyzing these systemic diseases.
Since the mouth mirrors the overall condition of the body, Dr. Ajmo might be the first health care provider to notice symptoms that are out of the ordinary. Many times even lesions (benign or malignant) may show up in the mouth which could be an indication of certain types of cancers. Dr. Ajmo would then refer you to your physician for a 2nd opinion and diagnosis. Regular visits to your registered dental hygienist for routine care will ensure not only a healthy mouth but also in some cases early detection of any abnormalities so you can also keep a healthy body!