Oral-Systemic Health Connections

Dentists are beginning to understand that the mouth mirrors what is going on inside the body. Decay and gum disease are more than just a dental problem. Oral health disorders represent a higher risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, premature births, and cancer.

Dr. Robbie Shaack has dedicated much of his time to the study of oral-systemic health connections. He believes in providing interdisciplinary experts and customized healthcare to all of his patients. He will assess the link between your oral health and the condition of your body, and help you receive any treatment you may need.

Gum Disease and Bodily Health
Gum disease is an inflammation that is caused by dangerous bacteria. This bacteria releases toxins into more than just the mouth. It can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body.

Because oral inflammation leads to systemic inflammation, gum disease is linked to:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Fertility issues
  • Dementia
  • Other disorders

Warning Signs

Watch out for the warning signs of gum disease. Some individuals do not notice the symptoms of periodontal disease, so be sure to attend regular checkups with your general dentist.

  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Change in bite
  • Loose or separating teeth

Report any new symptoms to your trusted dental team. Dr. Schaack can help you determine the cause of dry mouth, headaches, sore throat, and other strange symptoms.

Protect Yourself with Preventative Care

The prevention of gum disease and tooth decay is one of the best ways you can protect your whole body health.

  • Visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and cleanings
  • Brush for two to three minutes, twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Use a mouth rinse to reduce plaque
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid tobacco products

You deserve nothing less than a healthy body and a sharp mind. To ensure that you are benefitting from optimal oral health, please schedule your examination with Dr. Schaack. You can give us a call at Canyon Lake Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today!