Oral-Systemic Health Link
The Oral-Systemic Health Link has become an area of considerable interest, as a result of recent and ongoing research in that area. Oral health, and in particular, periodontal disease, has been shown to have a direct impact on diseases throughout the body. The inflammation and oral bacteria associated with periodontal disease has been associated with 6 out of the 7 leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s. So, preventing and treating periodontal disease has a positive impact on the management of these other conditions and diseases, which in turn yields fewer hospitalizations, better medical outcomes, and health care savings.