Oral-systemic health is the idea that oral health is a critical and interconnected componet to a patient's overall health and well-being. Studies show that people who have poor oral health are more likely to have other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or a high likelihood of stroke.
Some of the data suggests that oral pathogens may trigger up to 50% of heart attacks, and that the oral bacteria P. gingivalis may cause a 13.6-fold increase in a patient's risk of a heart attack. Still, the exact relationship between oral and overall health isn't fully known - whether one causes the other or how treating one might affect the other. But it should serve as a warning call to anyone suffering with poor oral health, especially periodontal disease.
So what does all of this information mean to our patients? Check out the following tips to keep the link between your dental health and overall health as "healthy" as possible!
- Have An Effective Oral Hygiene Routine
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly
- Eat A Healthful Diet
- Stay Hydrated
- Relax & Destress