Good oral health helps your body fight inflammatory diseases of all kinds. If you have gingivitis (gum inflammation) or periodontitis (a more advanced gum infection that can damage the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth), Dr. Michael Kratz and his registered dental hygienist may recommend therapeutic treatment and an increased frequency of dental cleanings in our office.
Inflammation is the result of our immune system protecting our bodies from further harm when we are injured or come into contact with a virus or bacteria. The swelling and tenderness we experience are caused by white blood cells rushing to the site of the injury or contact.
When inflammation is unchecked or chronic in the mouth, you are at risk of harmful oral bacteria damaging gum tissue and bone tissue, sometimes leading to tooth loss. Because our mouths are full of bacteria, when the gums and teeth are compromised, bacteria and viruses enter the bloodstream. Chronic inflammation can lead to dangerous and even life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic disease, inflammatory bowel disease, head and neck cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and various autoimmune diseases.
Not only will maintaining optimal oral health help maintain your overall health but research also indicates it can improve it. For example, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes or cardiovascular disease, improving your oral health and eliminating gum inflammation can improve your next blood scores, indicating, your body hasn’t had to battle as hard to fight systemic infection.
The team at Edina Dental Care welcomes you to schedule a dental cleaning and checkup. Don’t hesitate to call today for an appointment.