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How Periodontal Disease Affects Your Overall Health

Apr 30, 2014 04:36AM

Did you know that your mouth can have a serious impact on your overall health? Many aspects of dentistry have an influence on how the body functions overall. For example, if someone has periodontal disease they are three times more likely to have heart disease and twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease. Heart tissue and gum tissue are similar, so, the bacteria in the dental build up will colonize similar tissue.

In reference to periodontal disease, the bacteria will travel throughout the course of the body, which will put the immune system on a constant state of alert. If the periodontal disease is not corrected, this can lead to the immune system being worn down.

Periodontal disease can also be the cause of tooth loss. Once one tooth is lost, it creates a cascade of events. This can cause your other teeth to shift, which alters your bite. In addition, if you are missing teeth, you are not able to break down food in your mouth, and when it reaches the stomach, nutrients are not absorbed properly.

All these issues show the importance of oral health care in relation to our overall health.  These potential issues can be avoided by simply treating periodontal disease early.

Terry Victor, DDS, is a dentist in Washington, D.C., providing general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Victor is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oran Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and is also certified by the Eco-Dentistry Association. For more information, visit


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