The Mouth-Body Connection (Oral-Systemic Health)

Dr. Mischenko is a firm believer that excellent oral health is paramount to your overall wellbeing – a phenomenon known as the mouth-body connection (or oral-systemic health). Numerous studies have shown that the prolonged presence of dental disease – especially periodontal disease – can significantly increase your risk of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and more. The mouth-body connection makes maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile more important than many people realize.

Periodontal Disease and Inflammation

The mechanisms behind periodontal disease are an important factor in the mouth-body connection. The disease is characterized by rampant inflammation in your periodontal tissues, which is caused by an excessive population of oral bacteria gathering along your gum line. As strong contributors to plaque and tartar formation, oral bacteria are a constant presence and potential threat.

In particular, the oral bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis, produce molecules that manipulate your immune system, leading to unchecked inflammation and the development of periodontal disease. When gums and oral tissues are damaged from inflammation, oral bacteria are able to enter the bloodstream and travel from your mouth throughout the rest of your body. As they do so, P. gingivalis can incite inflammation in other tissues and organs in your body and raise your risks of developing other inflammatory diseases. 

Complications of the Mouth-Body Connection

Inflammation is a protective mechanism that your immune system utilizes to drive harmful microorganisms from your system. However, when your immune system cannot regulate the inflammation, the swelling damages soft tissues and can lead to a number of systemic health complications, including:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney and other organ complications
  • Rheumatoid (inflammatory) arthritis
  • Complications with pregnancy
  • Dementia (including Alzheimer’s Disease)
  • And more

Call Our Dental Office in Norridge, IL, Today!

At our office, we believe that every patient deserves our complete and undivided attention every time they visit us. To us, customized dental care is about more than the treatment you receive, it also includes the time we take to get to know you personally. Your smile is unique, as are your dental health concerns, and we’ll strive to create a long-term dental care plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Mischenko, call our dental office in Norridge, IL, today at 708-453-5320. We have flexible office hours, including evenings, and we always have someone available to answer the phone!

A healthy smile can mean improved overall health as well. We understand how your oral health connects to the rest of you, and strive to offer a variety of dental treatments. Working with our team, Dr. Mischenko can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthy smile. Whether you need preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can offer a conservative and personalized approach to dental care.