Question: I've heard this term thrown around a lot but I still don't exactly understand how this systemic link effects me and my oral health. Why is it so important?
Dr. Singh: The systemic link is the connection between your oral health and your overall bodily health. Your good or bad oral health can be connected to your increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more. If you don't take care of your oral health, you're essentially damaging and overlooking your general health as well. They both go hand in hand, if you keep a healthy mouth, you'll have a healthier body.
Question: What part of my oral health is directly connected to affecting my overall health if I don't currently have any health issues?
Dr. Singh: Periodontal Disease (gum disease) is the systemic link between your oral health and overall health. Research has shown that the inflammation from gum disease affects the blood vessels, contributing to atherosclerosis. If oral bacteria travel through your
Question: How does this systemic link with gum disease affect me if I already have existing health problems?
Dr.Singh: If you already have existing health conditions and you are not maintaining your oral health, it could make your current health issues much worse and sometimes lead to further complications. If you are a patient with current medical conditions, improving your oral health can potentially help improve your overall bodily health by eliminating or reducing one source (oral) of bacteria.
Question: Can you explain what periodontal disease (gum disease) looks or feels like and what I can do to prevent it?
Dr. Singh: You might have
Your best bet to be sure is to maintain your recommended hygiene appointments and dental exams, but also to continue with good oral health home care habits. If you're ever