The mouth is a window into the health of the body. Signs of nutritional deficiencies and infection can show itself in the mouth. Certain diseases that affect the entire body such as diabetes or Sjogren’s syndrome may also be apparent because of lesions in the mouth, or other oral problems.

You probably already know that numerous bacteria thrive in the mouth and are linked to tooth decay and gum disease. But what you may not be aware of, is that researchers have discovered that at the more advanced stages of gum disease (periodontitis), other health problems often coexist, such as bacterial pneumonia, cardiovascular disease, and risk of stroke. But just because these conditions may occur simultaneously, that doesn’t mean that one condition is causing the other. Research is ongoing regarding the relationship between the two.

Given the fact that there is a potential link between periodontitis and systemic health problems, prevention and treatment of gum disease could be a crucial step in maintaining your overall health. Thorough brushing and flossing along with regular dental care is a good way to begin. Please call the office of Ronald W. Konig DDS,FAGD, LVIF if you have any questions regarding dental health care or gum diseases.

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