When most people hear the word “inflammation” they think of joint inflammation. However, one of the most problematic places to have inflammation is in the mouth. Dan Sindelar, D.M.D., explains in his blog Oral Health: The Tipping Point of Healthcare that “inflammation is the body’s response to bacteria, virus, and injury.” Chronic inflammation associated with oral bacteria poses serious risks to your overall health.
Sindelar compares dental inflammation to having a fire in the kitchen of a house (where most residential fires start). Think of inflammation like fire. The flames from a kitchen fire can easily spread throughout the home, burning it to the ground. Your mouth is like a kitchen. If it is exposed to a constant source of inflammation (fire), both the cause of inflammation and your body’s response itself to the inflammation spread throughout your system. When bacteria are spread throughout your body it can cause heart disease, arthritis, pancreatic disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Having good health means having good dental health, and the only way to have good dental health is to keep up good dental hygiene and see your dentist regularly. The Dental Center is currently accepting new patients. Call today to book your appointment and be on your way to better overall health!