Understanding the oral-systemic care connection with Devonshire, Bermuda area dentists
Your smile is more than just your first impression. It is also an indicator of your overall health. Many patients in Bermuda looking to improve their oral and overall health don’t realize that sometimes, the mouth is an indicator. Conditions such as periodontal disease can cause problems elsewhere in the body due to the oral-systemic health connection.
Understanding the oral-systemic connection
Patients need to take care of their smile, not just to avoid periodontal disease and tooth decay. Periodontal disease is an infection that starts in the mouth, specifically the soft tissues. This infection, sometimes referred to as “gum disease,” can spread through the mouth. The bacteria can also travel through the bloodstream and cause inflammation in other parts of the body. Several medical conditions have been linked in patients who also present with periodontal disease. Some of them include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced respiratory functioning and lung cancers
- Reduced birth weight and early labour in babies of pregnant women
- Heart disease
How do I address my oral health and overall health with a dentist?
At Positive Image Dental, we are here to assist patients in learning more about how to take care of their smile so they can take care of their overall health and wellness. By being proactive in your dental care, you can reduce your risk of experiencing any of these conditions. Periodontal disease can be addressed with treatment and can be avoided with routine dental visits and proper home healthcare between appointments.
Schedule time to speak to the skilled team of professionals at Positive Image Dental Bermuda patients interested in obtaining the best possible care for their smile are encouraged to visit Positive Image Dental. Our team is dedicated to assisting patients in learning about how their oral health and wellness impacts the rest of their bodies through the oral-systemic health connection. Call (441) 292-2312 to schedule an appointment with our staff. Drs. Ian Campbell, Christopher Allington, and Lara Loescher are ready to help you and your family with your oral health needs, serving patients in and around the community.