The Oral Health Link to Systemic Health

Dr. Mischenko is a firm believer that excellent oral health is paramount to your overall well-being. Numerous studies have shown that the prolonged presence of periodontal disease can significantly increase your risk of serious health conditions. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition which is mainly caused by improper oral hygiene that allows bacteria in plaque and calculus to remain on the teeth and infect the gums. Chronic inflammation in your mouth can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. This can lead to more inflammation in other parts of your body and contribute to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, stomach ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis,   Alzheimer’s disease, and pre-term births.

Complications that can be caused by Periodontal Disease

Chronic Heart Disease

People with periodontal disease are twice as likely as others to die from a heart attack. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. Several species of bacteria that cause periodontal disease have been found in the cholesterol-laden plaque that clogs arteries in people with heart disease.


Fatty deposits that accumulate in the carotid artery can cause strokes. People with periodontal disease are three times as likely to have a stroke. This is because 40 percent of the bacteria that cause the fatty deposits come from the mouth when periodontal disease is present.

Type 2 Diabetes

The presence of periodontal disease can make it much more difficult for a diabetic to control their blood sugar. Eliminating gum inflammation can improve diabetic control.

Respiratory Disease

Periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia, when bacteria from the upper throat are inhaled into the lower respiratory tract.

Stomach Ulcers

People with severe periodontal disease are more likely than those with healthy gums to test positive for Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria associated with stomach ulcers.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Periodontal disease can worsen rheumatoid arthritis by speeding up the onset, progression, and severity.

Alzheimer ’s disease

People with poor oral hygiene or periodontal disease may be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Pre-term Birth

Women with periodontal disease are 7 to 8 times more likely to give birth to premature, low-weight babies.

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.