SEVEN HILLS DENTAL
Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry
Mouth - Body Connection
The dentist will assess the whole mouth in order to determine whether you have some form of periodontal disease. If it's determined that there is an active bacterial infection, then he or she may use antibiotics along with nonsurgical treatment options like dental flossing or scaling and root planing for more serious cases where surgery would need be considered as well.
The mouth is lined with a special tissue that helps to protect against infection. However, if this protective barrier becomes damaged by bacteria or viruses then gum disease may occur and affect other parts of your body such as the brain which can lead to serious issues down the road depending on how far along you are in terms healing process at time point A (initial infections).
Common cofactors associated with periodontal disease:
The article suggests that patients whose bodies react to periodontal bacteria have an increased risk for heart disease.
It's possible that inflammation caused by this infection worsens pre-existing conditions and swells the arteries, which could lead to worse symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath in some cases.
Along with the bacterial risk, inflammation in gum tissue can lead to severe lung damage. Individuals who suffer from chronic or persistent respiratory issues generally have low immunity which means bacteria are able to colonize beneath their gums unchecked by body’s immune system.