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Oral Systemic Connection

Your mouth can impact the health
of your body.

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At Greenwood Dental Arts, we are your premier destination for comprehensive dental care. Our practice believes in the importance of not only treating oral health issues but also understanding their broader implications on your overall well-being. Greenwood Dental Arts is committed to providing preventive dentistry services aimed at promoting optimal oral health and preventing systemic health issues that may arise due to poor oral hygiene.

The Mouth-Body Connection

Oral systemic health describes the connection between oral health and the health of the rest of the body. The oral-systemic connection between heart disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and even pregnancy complications has been scientifically studied and documented. As a member of the American Academy of Oral and Systemic Health, Dr. Fischer has taken a special interest in oral-systemic connection dental care and how the health of your mouth can impact your overall health. He is trained in oral-systemic connection dentistry and can help detect, manage, and treat your oral-systemic conditions with services such as oral DNA testing, nutritional education, and more.

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What is the Connection Between Oral Health and General Health?

Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall well-being. Poor oral hygiene can lead to various health issues, including gum disease, tooth loss, and infections. Additionally, bacteria and inflammation in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, contributing to systemic inflammation and increasing the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. Conversely, systemic conditions like diabetes can compromise the body’s ability to fight oral infections, leading to gum disease and other oral health issues.

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Common Conditions with an Oral Systemic Link


Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing gum disease due to impaired immune function and decreased saliva production. Conversely, gum disease can make it harder to control blood sugar levels, leading to complications in diabetes management.

Cardiovascular Disease

Research has shown a strong association between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. The bacteria associated with gum disease can enter the bloodstream and contribute to the formation of plaque in the arteries, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Fetal Development

Pregnant women with gum disease are at a higher risk of delivering preterm or low birth weight babies. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase the risk of gum disease, highlighting the importance of regular dental check-ups during pregnancy.

Orthopedic Implants

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for patients undergoing orthopedic implant surgery. Poor oral health can increase the risk of implant failure and complications following surgery.

Pulmonary Disease

Poor oral health has been linked to respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bacteria in the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs, leading to infections and inflammation.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, characterized by inflammation and infection of the gums, has been linked to various systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Treating gum disease can improve overall health and reduce the risk of systemic complications.

How to Prevent Negative Systemic Conditions

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is key to preventing negative systemic conditions. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings can help keep your mouth healthy and reduce the risk of developing systemic health issues. Additionally, adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and avoiding tobacco use can further support overall health and well-being.

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At Greenwood Dental Arts, we are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime. Our experienced team of dental professionals is here to provide personalized care and guidance to address your unique needs and concerns. Schedule an appointment with Greenwood Dental Arts today to take the first step towards a healthier smile and a healthier you.

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