Poor Dental Health
Dental health is probably an underrated part of one’s overall
health. Most people’s concern of dentistry is cosmetic. They believe good dental health means
you have few cavities and your breath is not offensive. Actually, your overall dental health
may affect, be affected by or even contribute to various other diseases. One condition that is the result of
poor dental health is endocarditis, which can be caused by a gum disease that
opens the gums and allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream. If someone has a
weak immune system or a heart valve, this can cause infection in other parts of
the body like the inner lining of the heart, resulting in endocarditis.
There is research that points to heart disease, clogged
arteries and stroke that may be linked to oral bacteria. This may be due to an ongoing inflammation
condition from a severe form of gum disease call periodontitis. Gum disease has
also been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
People who have inadequate sugar control may develop more frequent
and severe infections of the gums.
This condition of diabetes not only reduces the body’s resistance to
infection but it also puts the gum health at risk resulting in possible lose of
teeth. These are points to consider when looking for a top dentist
to provide service.
Dr Stephen Coates is a Long Beach Ca
dentist that is aware of the overall health implications of poor
dental health. Dr. Coates stresses the need for education and prevention for
all his clients as providing “dental health care” is a better alternative to
“disease care.” For information on the many services of Dr Coates, please click