The Mouth-Body Connection
is the driving force behind all major age-related disease, including Alzheimer's Disease. Periodontal disease
is a chronic inflammatory disease. Evidence suggests a possible link
between periodontal disease and other systemic diseases. In fact, there
is evidence that people with periodontal disease have an increased
likelihood of also having heart disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes
, and chronic obstructive respiratory disease
. There is also a possible association between periodontal disease and preterm or low weight births
The common thread is inflammation, which damages tissues. The level of
inflammation in the body can be evaluated by measuring C-reactive
protein in the blood.
You can see why treating periodontal disease and controlling this
source of inflammation is so important to a person's overall wellness.
For example, it has been shown that treating periodontal disease will
decrease some of the symptoms (redness, swelling, pain) of rheumatoid
arthritis, and also makes it easier to control blood sugar levels in
Treatment of periodontal disease and attention to regular daily oral
hygiene, as well as regular periodontal check-ups is essential. In
addition, maintaining a healthy weight and attention to good nutrition
is equally important. In addition to a balanced diet high in fruits and
vegetables and low is sugars, trans-fats, and sodium, supplements to
help maintain health and decrease inflammation should include a daily multi-vitamin along with Calcium, Vitamin D, and Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA,DHA). Low-dose aspirin and low-dose doxycycline (Periostat) may also be recommended.