I have written several articles about how regular oral check-ups positively impact your overall health. In this article I substantiate the Oral Systemic Connection. In other words I will summarize in further detail how there is indeed a connection between your oral health and your overall health.
Though the Oral Systemic Connection may sound like a new theory in dentistry, it has been around for quite a while. In 1985 an article appeared in the Quintessence International(Berlin, Germany) that talked about the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE). Though poor oral health can’t be linked directly to causing poor health, there is absolutely a connection between the two. For example this early article points out:
Ample studies have reported on the association between periodontal diseases, a persistent inflammatory process, and other chronic ailments such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer disease, and cancer. Other conditions such as low birth weight and premature delivery due to chorioamnionitis are also known to be linked to poor periodontal health.
As far back as the late 1800’s, dentists were looking at the connection between poor oral health and diseases. Obviously health care, both oral and generally speaking, has made substantial advances since. But, unlike using leaches to cure addictions, the Oral Systemic Connection has been proven to have substantial merit.
Of course getting a dental check-up won’t cure any diseases that may or may not be present, but, as is well documented, the sooner any oral health problems are discovered, the better equipped we are to fight it. Please, Google “oral systemic connection” and see for yourself, just how important it is to have regular dental check ups! Remember, your teeth are the windows to your overall health! And, second opinions at my office are always free.
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