Many people might not know it, but research has shown that oral health and cardiovascular health are linked.
Oral health problems, especially gum disease, can harm a person’s overall health and raise the risk of serious conditions, including heart disease and stroke. Other health problems, such as diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, hormone imbalances and drug issues, can be started or signaled by the mouth. Many times the problems develop before the person even knows something is wrong.
“We care about our patients, not just their dental problems, so when we see symptoms pointing to other health issues, we will always recommend that they see their general health care provider,” says Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger of the Smile Spa of Baton Rouge.
Recently, a Wall Street Journal report stated that there is growing evidence that the link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular problems is moving from a causal relationship to a risk factor. Gum disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions and other studies indicate a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.
“We are speaking up because we want out patients to be in the best overall health condition as possible.” says Dr. Aimee Russo Mounger. Sometimes, the patients may be seeing their dentist on a regular basis, but may not be seeing a general health care physician.
Some researchers are even suggesting using dental practices to raise awareness and promote wellbeing about larger scale health concerns. In fact, the Mayo Clinic states that your mouth may be the window to your overall health. When it comes to the entire category of dental services Baton Rouge, the health concerns of our patients are our number one priority. And when the overall health starts with the mouth, it is our priority to be aware of these issues.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys bone and gum tissues that support the teeth. It is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults older than 35. An estimated eight to 10 percent of American adults have some form of periodontal disease, according to the National Institute of Health.
“One should not put off seeing the dentist. Periodontitis can be a silent disease and not show symptoms until advanced stages”, says Dr. Aimee Russo Mounger.
One of the trends Dr. Aimee Russo Mounger and The Smile Spa started to notice the last several years was the procrastination of some patients in setting up their normal dental appointments. Whether it was due to a tight economy, insurance reasons, or general anxiety, there was a trend that was starting to take place. However, The Smile Spa of Baton Rouge has eased the minds of many potential new and existing patients through a wonderful program called The Quality Dental Plan. You can read more about the Quality Dental Plan here. This program is one of many steps that The Smile Spa of Baton Rouge has taken to ensure that patients continue to make regular visits to the dentist.
The best way to prevent dental problems is to follow the American Dental Association recommendations of brushing twice daily, flossing or using an interdental cleaner once a day and getting professional cleanings and examinations twice a year. Knowing the warning signs of early periodontal disease is also a key ingredient to staying healthy and informed.
“At The Smile Spa of Baton Rouge, our team makes every effort to ensure that your dental experience is a valuable visit. We want to promote ideal oral health with quality patient care,” says Dr. Aimee Russo Mounger.
For more information on The Quality Dental Plan or to set an appointment with The Smile Spa of Baton Rouge, please click here.