Oral Systemic Health
Oral health care is a top priority at Princeton Prosthodontics, serving patients from New Jersey and surrounding communities. Did you know that your oral health has an impact on your overall health? It’s true: poor oral health can cause or contribute to a number of serious health issues. Learn more about oral systemic health and how to best maintain a healthy smile.
Oral Health and Endocarditis
Gum disease and cuts in the gums may allow oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which can cause infection in other parts of the body. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart that may be linked to poor oral health.
Oral Health and Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries, and is the leading cause of stroke, heart attacks, and peripheral vascular disease. In scientific studies, researchers have shown that the oral bacteria involved in gum disease can enter the bloodstream and elevate levels of C-reactive protein, an indicator of inflammation in the blood vessels.
Oral Health and Heart Disease
Scientific research has linked heart disease, stroke, and clogged arteries to oral bacteria. These bacteria may be released due to chronic gum inflammation from a severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Oral Health and Pregnancy
Periodontal (gum) disease has been associated with low birth weight and premature birth.
Oral Health and Alzheimer’s Disease
Some scientific research points to a connection between tooth loss before the age of 35 and Alzheimer’s disease.
Oral Health and Diabetes
Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of infections, including gum (periodontal) infections that can lead to tooth loss. Furthermore, when a person’s blood sugar is not under control it may lead to bone loss in the jaw, which can also cause teeth to be lost.
How to Maintain Good Oral Health
At Princeton Prosthodontics, we place a heavy emphasis on teaching our Mercerville-area patients how to maintain a strong oral hygiene routine. In addition to preventing tooth loss, gum infections, and bad breath, a good oral hygiene routine may also help patients avoid heart disease and other serious health issues.
The best way to preserve and protect your oral health is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth at least once daily. Eating a healthy diet and limiting sugary snacks can also help. Even if you are a vigilant brusher and flosser, you simply can’t get your teeth and gums as clean as we can at the office. This is why it is crucial for our patients to visit us at Princeton Prosthodontics at least twice per year.
Contact us for Oral Health Care at Princeton Prosthodontics
Maintaining good oral health is an investment in the health of your whole body. Our oral health care professionals at Princeton Prosthodontics near Mercerville can examine your mouth thoroughly for signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other threats to your oral and systemic health. Contact Princeton Prosthodontics today to schedule an oral health consultation with Dr. Michael Cortese and our team.