It seems that for years people have not considered their mouth a part of their body. That sounds strange doesn’t it? Yet, even the medical field has ignored the implications of a diseased mouth on a patient’s bodily health. Today that is changing. There has been all sorts of research indicating a connection between the health of the human mouth and the overall health of the human body. A recent study has confirmed a connection between periodontal disease and heart disease in mice, and a large body of evidence makes the same connection in humans.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Florida infected mice with four different types of oral bacteria associated with periodontal disease. After six months, tests showed that the mice infected with the oral bacteria showed an increase in cholesterol levels and inflammation, both which are linked to heart disease. The test results also showed that the bacteria traveled throughout their bodies to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys of the mice. Additionally, certain bacteria associated with severe periodontal lesions were shown to form clots by attaching themselves to blood platelets, increasing the risk of stroke.
Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease, has also been linked to diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, impotence in men, and it can even affect the health of an unborn child. According to research, mother’s suffering from periodontal disease during pregnancy can give birth to pre-term or low-birth-weight babies.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.