Many people do not realize the connection between dental health and overall health. Dr. Mauricio Martinez and our dental team are fully aware of the synergic relationship between your overall health and your oral health and act accordingly. A healthy mouth will contribute to your overall health, and vice versa. For instance, gum disease is linked to a variety of illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies show that people with gum disease are twice as likely as others to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to have a stroke. Some studies have shown the reciprocal relationship between gum disease and diabetes. If diabetes is treated and controlled, the condition in the mouth improves. If the periodontal disease is treated, the need for insulin is reduced.
The mouth is a portal of entry for infection. Inflammation that is ongoing in the mouth allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This can lead to inflammation in other parts of the body, like the heart. For this reason, we watch the mouth for signs that an overall health problem is present. When needed, our dentist will suggest that you visit your primary care doctor to have underlying health problems addressed.
To learn more about complete health dentistry in Cape Coral, Florida, and to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.