Would you brush your teeth more carefully if you knew it would protect you from heart disease? Would you floss more if you knew that it would guard you from kidney failure? Think it or not, there is evidence that periodontal disease impacts the rest of your body outside of your oral cavity, including a number of the crucial organs. Keep reading to find out what this may mean for you and your loved ones.
While there have been multiple studies suggesting a link between the health of your mouth and the welfare of the remainder of your body, please take note that these studies are ongoing and that the dental professional community has not come to an agreement on their merit. However, their implications, if true, are very far-reaching. No longer would brushing your teeth affect only your oral cavity – it would also affect your organ systems and your overall bodily health. The studies have found that the two biggest links that can be traced to dental health are diabetes and stroke. The most reasonable course of action regarding these studies is to practice great dental hygiene, regardless of whether the studies are correct. That means brushing your pearly whites two times per day, flossing at least one time per day and visiting our office typically.
The Lawrence Periodontics, LLC staff and Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton can be reached at 785-312-3820; reach out to them now to plan your next visit in Lawrence, Kansas.