“It looks like you have been flossing your teeth too much.”
-Never a quote you hear from a dentist.
There are many studies that link periodontal disease and gingivitis to other types of systemic diseases. The research done on these links point to a heavy correlation between oral bacteria and systemic diseases. What are those diseases? How can Perio Protect help? Let’s dive and explore.
Type 2 Diabetes
According to the CDC in 2015, 9.3% of all Americans have diabetes. This is a heartbreaking number as it means that 1/10 of our population is dealing with a major systemic disease that requires constant management. However, studies have recently shown that managing gum disease for those that have type two diabetes has helped to control the effects of it. A study recently showed that patients who were treated for gum disease were able to decrease their blood sugar levels and also keep their blood sugar lower for at least three months.
Heart Disease & Stroke
If you’ve never thought about the number one disease killer in America, it’s time to start thinking about it now. In 2008, 25% of deaths in America were attributed to heart disease. That’s one in every four deaths! How does this link to oral health? The oral bacteria (causing gingivitis and periodontal disease) cause inflammation. The same inflammatory response in the mouth can also happen in the arteries. This inflammation, along with other contributing factors, can lead to a buildup of plaque, causing blood flow to back up. This then leads to hardening of the arteries, heart attacks, strokes, etc. So if you’ve ever thought that oral hygiene was not a big deal, think again!
Blood Clots, respiratory disease, preterm and low birth weight babies, colorectal cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease, all have factors and studies that show oral health as a direct correlation to their disease. Is it the only factor? Certainly not. Is it something that we should be mindful of? Absolutely.
The Perio Tray®
So where do you go from here? How do you protect yourself and your body from disease? Taking care of your gum health is one essential factor. At Perio Protect, we offer the Perio Tray. This product, along with routine oral hygiene and regular dental visits helps you fight oral bacteria in the comfort of your own home. If using this product once per day for 10-15 minutes can not only make a difference in your oral health, but also help to prevent some of these diseases, isn’t it worth a conversation?
For more information about Perio Protect and the Perio Tray, give us a call today at 314-256-0772.