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Mouth-Body Health 2018-12-10T16:48:11+00:00

Blue Heron Dentistry Promotes Mouth-Body Health Awareness

Mouth-body health awareness is a primary focus at Blue Heron Dentistry. Because everything in the body is connected, we take our role as a dental provider seriously – our patients’ health depends on it.

We team up with your doctors to optimize your care.

When we recognize an irregularity during a routine exam indicating a reason to confer with another health provider, such as your physician, cardiologist, or other specialist, we believe you and they should know.

In the spirit of education and awareness, here are common concerns related to oral/dental health. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

 

High Blood Pressure

How it relates to your mouth

Inflammatory Disease

C-reactive protein levels are associated with future development of high blood pressure, suggesting that hypertension is in part an inflammatory disorder. This protein is a marker of systemic inflammation, associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Oral inflammation may play a role in the development of hypertension.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

How it relates to your mouth

Systemic Inflammation

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is breathing interrupted by a physical block to airflow. Increasing evidence shows OSA can result in systemic inflammation. A recent study showed 60% of patients with periodontitis had OSA. OSA may increase the risk for periodontal disease by increasing inflammation in the body.

Pregnancy Complications

How it relates to your mouth

Bacterial Pathogens

Uncontrolled periodontal disease is linked to pregnancy complications such as premature labor and preeclampsia (rise in high blood pressure). 50% of placentas from women with preeclampsia had one or more periodontal pathogens. Bacteria responsible for tooth decay are passed from mother to child in utero.

Alzheimer's Disease

How it relates to your mouth

Inflammation

Early exposure to inflammation in life, like chronic periodontal disease, may have severe consequences later as factors in Alzheimer’s. If studies confirm the link between inflammation and Alzheimer’s, it would add inflammation to the short list of preventable risk factors for the disease.

Kidney Disease

How it relates to your mouth

Inflammatory Conditions

The destructive nature of chronic inflammation may play a role in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Because periodontal and chronic kidney disease are both inflammatory conditions, untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, exposing CKD patients to chronic oral inflammation.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

How it relates to your mouth

Controlling Inflammation

Controlling inflammation with better dental care can help reduce pain and severity of RA. Maintaining good oral hygiene may be difficult for those with RA because the disease affects hand joints, making brushing and flossing hard. A dentist can provide strategies and tools to remedy such difficulties.