Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body – Baltimore, MA
Taking Care of Your Smile and Whole Self
The benefits of proper oral hygiene and caring for your mouth and gums extend far beyond that sparkling smile. A healthy mouth directly contributes to maintaining a healthy body!
Why Choose Harbor Periodontics?
- Complete Range of Periodontal Services
- Convenient Garage Parking
- Dental Insurance Accepted
Pancreatic Cancer and Heart Disease
Good oral health that is free of inflammation and infections has recently been linked to reducing risk factors for other health problems including pancreatic cancer and heart disease. Periodontal disease and inflammation allow bacteria in the mouth access to your bloodstream and subsequently other parts of your body.
Maintaining your healthy smile does not only help you avoid oral conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis, but it can also improve your memory! The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry conducted a study in which adults with gingivitis scored lower than those with healthy gums on tests of memory and cognitive skills. They also were more likely to score lower on tests of delayed verbal recall and subtraction. Imagine being able to maximize your mental abilities just through basic oral care!
Diabetes diminishes the body’s ability to combat infections, including periodontal infections. Thus, diabetics are more likely to experience periodontal complications. Additionally, some studies indicate that periodontal disease impacts the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels. With proper and thorough treatment of periodontal disease, even in its earliest stages, you can improve your diabetic state and reduce the risk of further complications.
Pre-Term Delivery and Low Birth Weight Babies
Research indicates a connection between gingivitis and pre-term births and low birth weights. Expectant mothers go to great lengths to ensure the health of their unborn children, and oral health should not be discounted from those efforts. Dental exams are an important part of your prenatal care regimen. Your dentist can offer important, basic steps to take for a safe and healthy pregnancy.