Serious Consequences of Poor Oral Health

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consequences of poor oral healthShoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA

At Hoag and Dotsch we believe that oral health is important, but did you know that safeguarding your oral health also could protect your heart, your brain, and your overall health? It is true!

Recent medical research has shown that an infection present in the mouth can increase your risk of serious, potentially life-threatening ailments, including the following:

Long-term periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease, can lead to coronary disease or atherogenesis, a cardiac condition that occurs when plaque builds in the arteries.

Missing teeth, or significant loss of the supporting bone and tissue in the mouth, can increase your risk of stroke.

Gum disease can affect the metabolism and increase the risk of developing diabetes.

Research recently completed by the American Academy of Periodontology found that pregnant women with gum disease had a higher risk of both premature labor, and delivering a baby with low birth weight.

Poor oral health also has been linked to kidney disease and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Researchers also have found that chronic periodontal disease, when experienced early in life, quadruples your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Now for the good news. While poor oral health can negatively affect your overall health, taking care of your mouth can improve your health even if you have a chronic health condition. For example, Type II diabetics who also have gum disease have experienced lower levels of oxidative stress after the gum disease has been treated.

You will also be happy to know that taking simple measures can reduce these health risks associated with poor oral health. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone brush their teeth twice a day, and floss daily. The most effective time to floss is generally after you have consumed your last meal of the day or at night before bed. You can add an extra layer of protection by rinsing with a mouth rinse after brushing.

Let us not forget about routine dental exams and cleanings! The ADA recommends everyone visit the dentist once every six months for a dental exam and dental cleaning. During these visits, the dentist will document any changes in your oral health, which establishes a baseline to determine any changes that need addressing. Also, the dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove plaque buildup, the culprit of gum disease. Even if you brush well, and often, it is not enough effort to eliminate plaque. Even the best brushers still get it! Only a professional dental cleaning can successfully, and thoroughly remove plaque.

At Hoag and Dotsch, we have the training and experience to treat gum disease at any stage. We also offer a comprehensive regimen of preventive care services and treatments, to help you maintain a high level of good oral health and stop gum disease before it can even begin. Call (206) 542-4344 to learn more about the services we offer.

Hoag and Dotsch is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the area of Shoreline, Washington.

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