Yes – It is true that there is a connection, oftentimes referred to as the oral-systemic link, between dental problems and problems in the rest of the body. In spite of the mouth having been traditionally viewed as separate from the rest of the body, the connection is not only obvious, it is powerful.
The mouth contains the most aggressive bacteria that regularly inhabit the human body and is the number one source of inflammation in the body. Inflammation alone is considered the underlying cause of most disease.
The dangerous bacteria of periodontal disease can also spread readily throughout the bloodstream and contribute to the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia, lung and kidney disease, pregnancy complications and a myriad of cancers. Scientific research has confirmed that dental infections of all sorts can even be life-threatening.
If you are in need of a dental visit, don’t hesitate any longer. A healthy mouth means a healthy body. You can’t have one without the other.