PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Founder of Dental Dynamics, Dr. Mo Saleh
has seen his share of bad teeth. However, recent studies have allowed researchers to find that bad teeth and gums can lead to more than nasty breath and dental bills. Plaque, a bacterial buildup that occurs from primarily eating and drinking sugary food, creates tooth cavities and infections along the gum line. Brushing and flossing can save people visits to the dentist, not to mention unwanted stays in an emergency room.
"There is no doubt that there is a strong correlation between oral health and overall systemic health," Saleh explains.
Initial studies in the 1980s and 1990s looked at the how oral health affected the cardiovascular system and related diseases. Recent studies, however, have considered the impact of other diseases caused by poor oral health, including diabetes, cancer, premature birth, and erectile dysfunction.
A recent article on eMaxHealth discusses some of these related diseases and how to improve oral health. A person's mouth acts like a gateway for disease-causing bacteria. Plaque eats away enamel, leaving a person more apt to develop gum and tooth infections, as well as the opportunity for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Periodontal diseases and gum disease are the main culprits.
Bacteria and plaque that enter the bloodstream makes people twice as likely to develop heart disease. The bacteria contain proteins that promote artery clogs, increasing the chances of a heart attack. Certain oral diseases can become so bad that the infection can clog a person's carotid artery, blocking the main blood vessel between the head and brain, and may increase the chance of stroke.
Mouth infections have recently linked to premature birth, which approximately 13 percent of all birthing mothers experience. Using non-alcohol, anti-bacteria mouthwash can do enough to prevent the increased risk, as well as following other guidelines for ensuring a healthy birthing process.
Cancer is also linked to bad oral hygiene and causes kidney, pancreatic, and blood cancers. Additionally, men with oral diseases have more than a 30 percent increased chance of developing these cancers. Though the research is just now yielding results, poor oral health and periodontal disease has ties with erectile malfunction, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and dementia.
"Other specific illnesses are under investigation," Dr. Mo Saleh says. "The results are increasingly showing strong correlations between oral health and chronic diseases."
The mouth is a strong indicator of overall bodily health, and taking care of it is becoming paramount for a healthy life. The article cites a few ways to keep the mouth and teeth clean and healthy, lowering the risk for oral diseases and, by extension, systemic diseases.
It is recommended that adults brush and floss at least twice a day. It is also imperative to use a fluoride toothpaste, and brush for a full minute. Flossing scrapes food particles out from between teeth, decreasing bad breath and the chance of developing a cavity. It is also advised to avoid tobacco as the product not only stains teeth, but has direct ties to cancer. Dr. Mo Saleh advises patients to avoid tobacco, sugary foods, and carbonated beverages.
Dr. Mo Saleh
founded Oregon-based Dental Dynamics in 2001. Dr. Saleh specializes in dental implants, and was the first in the United States to utilize a 3D Cone Beam CT dental imager in his practice. Dr. Saleh is committed to improving and protecting the health of his patients and has created a practice focused on overall bodily health. The practice currently services adult men and women, and has developed a specialized approach for teaching children about high quality oral health.