One of the reasons I got into dentistry was that it was rarely life or death.
And while I absolutely take my job seriously, on a bad day, the patient loses a tooth....which we can easily replace. Not TOO horrible, right?
But over the past 18 years, I've been practicing, there have been new developments on how your oral health can affect the rest of your body and your life. No, this is any kind of earthy-crunchy, oil pulling holistic crap. This stuff can kill you.
I used to just think that "it made sense" that the bacteria in your mouth could POSSIBLY affect the rest of your body. There is a lot of virulent bacteria residing in your mouth and there are miles of blood vessels in your gums that have awesome access to larger blood vessels that can and do distribute the bacteria to the rest of your body. And now there are a lot of studies coming out stating that there is a DIRECT link between oral bacteria and heart attacks, strokes, pregnancy complications, Alzheimer's. So much so that as dentists and physicians, we have to rethink how we prevent those types of diseases and rethink what "prevention" really means. The bacteria circulating in your blood cause different types of inflammatory responses in your body and depending on where it is can cause different types of issues that can seriously affect your life.
Your Thorough and Caring Glendale Dentist
Any dentist nowadays that is just looking for cavities and gingivitis is seriously behind the times and needs to rethink how they approach patients. Food for thought. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office and we can talk.
In good health, Lucio H Kim, DDS