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Disease Prevention and Routine Dental Care

Posted on 6/30/2016 by Dr. Jay
An elderly woman receiving a routine dental examinationResearch has been consistent when it comes to connecting oral conditions and other diseases in the rest of the body.

In some cases, oral problems could be the symptoms of disease, and in other scenarios, problems with your oral health could ultimately lead to the development of other health problems.

By better understanding some of the main ways that your dental health can affect your overall health, you can take steps to better care for your teeth.


Diabetes impairs blood flow by altering your blood vessels, and it can weaken your gums to the point that they become susceptible to infection.

When you have diabetes, your body's blood sugar levels will increase, and when you fail to monitor these levels properly, bacterial growth in the mouth can also skyrocket. Dentists can often diagnose diabetes based on the condition of their patients' teeth and gums.

Pregnancy Complications

During pregnancy, your hormones will be fluctuating like crazy, and this can result in gum disease, oral infections, and inflammation.

Unfortunately, this could result in early labor, increasing your risk of premature and low-weight babies. In fact, researchers believe that women with gum disease are 4-7 times more likely to give birth prematurely than other mothers.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is one of the greatest complications associated with gum disease. Doctors aren't completely sure of the reason that the two conditions are so connected, but it is thought that inflammation might be the cause.

Additionally, bacteria in the mouth can access the blood stream and travel to the heart, and this could also contribute to heart disease. Certain factors like age and smoking could also contribute to both conditions.

Are you concerned about your oral health and how it might be impacting the rest of your body? Contact our office today to set up your appointment.
About Dr. Barakat
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, Dr. Barakat is recognized as one of the top implant dentists in the United States. He is 1 of 7 Board Certified Implantologists in the state of Virginia and 1 of 4 Virginian dentists who specializes in The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession.
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8230 Leesburg Pike
Suite 730
Vienna, VA 22182
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