Periodontal Disease and Systemic Disease
Studies have revealed possible link between periodontitis and different systemic diseases. Not too long ago, literature evidence began to suggest a possible link between chronic inflammatory periodontitis and a number of systemic diseases. A chronic oral infection such as periodontitis is a constant potential source of infection and has been considered as a separate risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, peripheral arterial disease, respiratory diseases, and low birth weight. In addition, periodontitis has been described as a potential risk for increased morbidity and mortality for diabetes, insulin resistance, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, osteoporosis, and complications of pregnancy.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions:
Some of these conditions may in turn increase the incidence and severity of periodontal disease by modifying the body's immune response to periodontal bacteria and their by-products. That’s why regular dental check-ups are so important, the professional team of dentists at ALERIS SALEM DENTAL CENTER in Salem, MA can help you, just book your consultation.
Chronic periodontitis, also known as adult periodontitis, is an infectious inflammatory disease caused by the bacteria of the dental plaque, resulting in the progressive destruction of the tissues that support the teeth, i.e. the gingival, the periodontal ligament, cementum, and the alveolar bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by periods of exacerbation interspersed with periods of remission and presents a local microbial burden that initiates local inflammation and local tissue destruction.
Historically, diseases of the oral cavity have been viewed separately from those of the rest of the body. In recent years, however, efforts have been made to recognize oral health as an integral part of overall health. Promotion of oral health has, therefore, been suggested as a way to promote systemic health, since there is a possible role of oral infections as a risk factor for systemic disease.
Oral health has a direct and or indirect impact on the overall general health. Medical specialists must recognize the emerging and increasing significance of this fact in comprehensive health care.
To check your dental health and potential risks, you can always book your consultation with our experienced dentists at ALERIS SALEM DENTAL CENTER in Salem, MA. Regular dental checkup is strongly advocated in the light of current knowledge.