The Health of Your Kidneys and Your Gums May Be Linked
As your Summerville, SC dentist, Dr. Thomas Riley makes it a point to stay current with the latest research in dentistry that affects your overall health and wellness. In recent years, one area that’s getting a lot of attention is the link between your oral health and the health of your body.
Gum Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease
There is enough research to connect chronic inflammation from gum disease to an increased risk for heart disease, respiratory illness, cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.
However, a study published recently in the Journal of Periodontology set out to observe the long-term effects of gum disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study, conducted by Case Western Reserve University, suggests that edentulous (toothless) adults may be more likely to suffer from CKD than adults who have all their teeth.
It appears that the common factor between gum disease and CKD is chronic inflammation. Both gum disease and CKD are considered inflammatory conditions, and previous research suggests that inflammation may be the common factor between these diseases.
Take Steps to Protect Your Overall Well-being
The first step toward protecting your general and oral health is prevention. We have always known that practicing proper oral hygiene benefits your dental health. But we increasingly see research that shows chronic periodontal inflammation also plays a significant role in your overall health.
We can’t say it often enough - brush and floss twice a day and visit our Summerville, SC dentist for exams and professional cleanings. Our goal is for you to enjoy a healthy smile so you don't ever have to worry that your overall health may be impacted by your dental health.
Are you worried that you might have gum disease? Please call us so we can work together to develop a treatment plan to address the problem and help you regain your oral health.