Diseases and infections are categorized as being either systemic or localized. A systemic condition is one that can affect the entire body rather than just one part. If an infection enters the bloodstream for instance, it can be spread throughout the body. Influenza is one example of a systemic infection. A number of systemic infections are first seen as sores in the mouth’ In fact, your dentist may be more likely to detect a systemic infection than your doctor.
Besides keeping the mouth moist and clean of cavity causing acids, our saliva is an excellent protector. The antibodies in our saliva work to kill off disease causing bacteria before they can take hold. There are things that we can do to help saliva fight off disease.
Plaque is a sticky film that forms over our teeth and is teeming with bacteria. If it is not controlled plaque can lead to a number of health problems. The only way to prevent plaque buildup is to brush and floss our teeth every day and have regular professional cleanings.
Gum disease is a result of poor oral health and if it isn’t treated at the earliest stage it can lead to tooth loss. Some studies have indicated a link between gum disease and health problems in general. Periodontitis is slow to advance however, and with regular dental checkups it can be managed.
The mouth is a perfect environment for the growth of bacteria. Gum disease can allow the bacteria to enter the bloodstream and be carried to other organs. Most people have a healthy immune system that can fight off the bacteria, but if it has been compromised due to disease or medication the bacteria can evade the system.
Everyone would like to be able to keep their natural teeth well into their golden years or beyond. Given the presumption that oral health has an impact on our overall health should give us even more incentive to take good care of our teeth and gums.
Set up a schedule for timely checkups with Dr. Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry. Call 509-926-6261 today.