The Link between Dental and Physical Health

Many medical professionals have started to examine the health and condition of the teeth and gums to help them understand a person’s overall well-being and physical health.  The mouth is connected directly to your blood and heart, so untreated dental problems, such as gum disease, can quickly become severe physical problems.

Gum disease occurs when there is an excessive amount of tartar and plaque in the mouth, creating a build-up on your teeth.  This build-up eventually creates harmful bacterial pockets underneath the gums.  Studies have shown that patients diagnosed with gum disease have a much higher risk of developing diabetes, coronary heart disease, or having a stroke.

It doesn’t matter how old or young you are; gum disease can occur at any age.  The best way to prevent gum disease and protect your physical health is to attend regularly scheduled cleanings and exams with our Los Angeles dentist.  He can help you obtain and maintain good oral (and physical) health.