Understanding The Function And Importance Of Your Oral Health

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By: Dr. Aly Kanani,

Certified Specialist in Orthodontics
Providing Braces and Invisalign for Adults and Children

More and more studies now prove the longstanding belief that any disorder to the mouth carries significant impact to the other parts of the body as well. This being the case, then proper oral care will no longer be just for keeping the teeth radiant white, but for ensuring a healthier and more vibrant life overall as well.

The current state of our oral health

Tooth decay and gum disorders are two of the most common diseases in the world right now. In Canada alone, at least a third to a half of the entire population of the nation is suffering from mild to moderate cases of gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. That is a whopping three to five out of ten people affected! And more alarmingly, at least three out of ten Canadian’s suffer from more advanced forms of gum disorders, this according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The clear and crucial link between oral and systemic health

Researchers have accessed thousands of patient medical histories from the past. What the researchers found out was that those people who died from serious systemic diseases suffered from deteriorated gum conditions as well.

So the correlation and association between inflammation and systemic diseases are there. And it seems the more inflammations there are in the body, the higher the likelihood of the individual developing a systemic disease, or if the person already suffers from one, then the more likely the condition of the disease will be aggravated. And inflammations in the gums, or more specifically underneath them, are the main characteristics of gum disorders.

Which is why the studies and researches being conducted now all point to one goal, and that is, to see clearly how oral health, body inflammations, and systemic diseases affect each other. And some of the latest findings are what we will present here.