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Oral Systemic Health: How Your Mouth Talks To Your Body

The Oral Systemic Connection – Gum Disease Treatment in Oakland County, Michigan

Did you know that the health of the mouth can impact the health of the rest of the body? Bacteria in your mouth can travel to other parts of your body in your bloodstream; causing issues throughout. From the top of your head down to your toes, oral bacteria can trigger problems. Below are some stats from various sources about the Oral Systemic connection:

  • Tooth loss and gum disease increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. *
  • Cavities are caused by a germ that spreads while kissing and sharing food. **
  • Gum disease increases the risk of head and neck cancer.**
  • Gum disease increases pancreatic and kidney cancer risk by 62%. ****
  • People with gum disease are twice as likely to die from heart disease and three times as likely to die from stroke.*
  • Research has found an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. ***
  • Diabetes and bleeding gums increase your risk of premature death by 400-700%. **
  • Bacteria that lives in your mouth can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. **
  • 93% of people with gum disease are at risk for diabetes. **
  • The Surgeon General reports that at least 80% of American adults have gum disease. **
  • Pregnant women with gum disease have only a 1 in 7 chance of giving birth to a healthy child of normal size.**

Gum disease is often left untreated as many people don’t know they have it. If you experience any of the symptoms below, it is advisable to seek periodontal treatment.

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Pain the mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth

Dr. Nemeth and Dr. Katranji are committed to treating gum disease to help patients keep their mouths and bodies healthy. As one of the area’s foremost experts in periodontics, Dr. Nemeth has played a major role in applying innovative medical and technological advances to current periodontal practice. Gum disease can now be treated using the minimally-invasive LANAP laser procedure. Call our office to learn more or schedule a consultation.


* Mayo Clinic

**American Academy for Oral Systemic Health

***American Academy of Family Physicians