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The Oral Systemic Connection

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More and more research is now pointing to the fact that total body health actually starts with strong oral health. The mouth is the primary portal into the body, allowing both good and bad things to enter it and travel throughout. This is extremely useful in the case of food and air, but it can lead to trouble when it comes to oral bacteria, especially if it stems from gum disease.

How It Works

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The gums are actually very vascular structures, meaning they contain a nearly endless amount of blood vessels. Anything on them can easily enter directly into the bloodstream and travel to just about anywhere in your body. Gum disease bacteria has a high potential for doing this, and many studies have revealed that it often does, creating many negative results. This bacteria can cause an inflammatory response in organs like your heart, which is often a precursor to things like heart attacks and strokes. This is the reason why those with gum disease tend to be at a much higher risk of other health problems, such as the aforementioned heart disease, as well as diabetes and dementia.

What This Means for You

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At Pearl Care Dental, we keep this connection in mind with every treatment we provide. This is why we place such an emphasis on preventive care and using the most biocompatible materials. We understand that if we’re able to stop problems in your mouth early, it will have a direct influence on your overall health. Our goal is to use dentistry to empower our patients to safeguard their own health so they can maintain long, happy, and healthy lives, and it all starts by providing them with extremely high-quality dental care.

At Pearl Care Dental, we’ll take care of more than just your smile. We aim to empower our patients to achieve and maintain optimal health for life. To learn more about this link and how it may be affecting your health right now, contact us today.

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