The mouth is a dark, moist environment with a warm temperature and a steady supply of sugars and starches. It provides ideal growing conditions for microorganisms – there are between 500 and 600 different species of microorganisms found in the mouth. No other place in the body houses this number and diversity
Current thinking in both the dental and medical professions is that microorganisms and toxins from inflamed gum tissue and dental infections can enter the bloodstream, travel to other parts of the body, elevate inflammation throughout the body, and begin new infections.
Research has confirmed the relationship between periodontal inflammation and infection and diabetes, heart disease, stroke, ulcer, respiratory disease, blood clots, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, alzheimer’s, disease pancreatic cancer, preterm low-birth weight babies, and chronic inflammation in the body. Studies have shown the more advanced the dental infection, the higher the risk of these systemic conditions.
“Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General” reads ”The mouth serves as a mirror of health or disease, as a sentinel or early warning system, as an accessible model for the study of other tissues and organs, and as a potential source of pathology affecting other systems and organs.”
Patients who receive comprehensive treatment for periodontal inflammation and infection may reduce the risk of these systemic conditions while also improving their oral health. Research studies consistently show a healthy mouth contributes to a healthy body.