Statistics support that more than 80% of our patients have an oral infection contributing to systemic inflammation. With proper diagnosis and treatment, mild oral infection can be reduced and controlled, reducing the systemic inflammation. Dr. McClatchie is a Pankey trained general dentist that is focused on being an advocate for you, who may present high-risk medical factors. She is also a member of The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, AAOSH, which is a professional organization for health care professionals that is dedicated to the relationship between the health of the mouth and the overall health of the body. Oral health and overall health is related! As teeth are connected to the mouth, so is the mouth connected to the rest of the body, it is important to maintain proper dental care. The mouth indicates many symptoms of body health and diseases. By physically examining your mouth, it is possible to determine the status of general health and signs of diseases, and poor dental health can have serious consequences to systemic health.
- Heart-related disease can be affected by bacteria in the mouth. The mouth is the major source of bacteria entering the body; bacteria is easily transferred into the blood stream, affecting arteries and the heart.
- The mouth is also a direct passageway to the lungs. Bacteria traveling through this route can adversely affect the lungs, leading to ailments like bacterial pneumonia and other respiratory conditions.
- Gum disease and other dental problems can affect pregnant women and have a huge impact on the health of the fetus. This can cause complications such as premature birth and low weight babies. For this reason, it is highly recommended that patients receive regular cleanings and dental check-ups while pregnant.
- Oral infection can make it more difficult to control diabetes and disrupts the level of sugar in the blood. Some of these infections include gingivitis, burning mouth syndrome, dry mouth, candidiasis, dental caries (cavities), infections and periodontal disease.
Some of the reasons for poor dental health may be due to a low immune system, blood related and respiratory diseases, heart and diabetic patients, people with vitamin deficiencies and those who use tobacco, or have poor diets and are under particular kinds of medication.
It is important to understand that the body system is interrelated and dependent on each other. Therefore, along with focusing on overall health and body fitness, it is also essential to maintain good dental hygiene. As a member of AAOSH, Dr. McClatchie is committed to being an advocate for you with your health care providers, to treat you as best we can.