When you’re looking for a periodontist in or around Lexington or Columbia, SC, we strive to be your premier choice. As your trusted periodontist, it’s our goal to not only offer treatments to keep your mouth healthy, but we want to instill within you the importance of good oral hygiene habits as well. Proper oral hygiene habits won’t only keep your mouth healthy – it will also keep your entire body healthy. Your oral health and your overall health are linked and making sure that your oral health stays at its optimal level will go a long way in keeping the rest of your body healthy. However, if your oral health is poor, you may find yourself afflicted with a few of the following problems or illnesses.
Heart Disease, Pancreatic Cancer, and Lung and Joint Infections
Studies have shown that those with periodontal disease are at a higher risk for developing many illnesses, including heart disease, pancreatic cancer, and infections in the lungs and joints. The reason for this is because inflamed gums allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream and be carried throughout your body.
Diabetes is a disease that develops because of a high glucose (blood sugar) level in the blood. This is problematic because periodontal disease will actually increase the glucose in a patient and make the glucose levels harder to control.
Babies with Low Birth-Weight
Studies have also linked women with poor oral health and periodontal disease to having preterm and low birth-weight babies being born. If you’re pregnant, we recommend visiting your dentist or periodontist and having a periodontal examination.
According to a study published by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, those who had periodontal disease actually scored lower on memory and cognitive skills tests than those who did not. The patients with periodontal disease had a more delayed verbal recall as well as a harder time with subtraction.
Contact Your Lexington and Columbia, SC Periodontist Today!
If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, you can give us a call at (803) 788-0900. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon and help you achieve a healthier mouth and body as well!