Medical science has begun to recognize a correlation between oral health and chronic medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, implant failure, and kidney disease.
It is assumed that oral health affects overall wellness in three ways:
- Bacteria and cytokines in the gums and saliva being aspirated into the lungs
- Bacteria from periodontal disease entering the bloodstream through the gums
- Inflammation from periodontal disease triggering a secondary inflammatory response in other body systems
In response to these developments, a new paradigm is developing between medical and dental professionals to provide a comprehensive level of care. It has even been found that systemic disease tends to manifest itself first in the oral cavity.
What can you do to maintain oral systemic health?
Effective oral care can help to reduce the likelihood of chronic illness. Maintain oral hygiene through daily brushing, flossing, and the use of MI Paste or MI Paste Plus.