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Chronic Inflammation Can Damage Overall Health

Posted by Seattle Dental Care Jul 14, 2021

Chronic Inflammation Can Damage and Destroy Your Dental and Overall Health.

Chronic inflammation has many causes. Infection, environmental toxins, poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of sleep and other lifestyle habits can lead to chronic inflammation. Bacterial infection is one that we deal with in the dental office every single day. Whether it is gum infection, an infected wisdom tooth or a tooth abscess caused by a deep cavity all can lead to acute or chronic infection. The bacteria can enter your soft tissue and blood vessels and act locally or travel to distant places and cause systemic health issues. At conferences, photographs are shown of diseased inner lining of an artery wall. It looks just like the lining of an infected gum pocket. In fact if you have periodontal disease you are 168% more likely to have heart disease, 250% more likely to have a stroke, 300% more likely to have diabetes, 200% more likely to have osteoporosis, and if your are a pregnant women 700% more likely to have a low birth weight baby. And it is a two way street. If you are under chronic stress you have 2 times greater risk of having periodontal disease. If you smoke you are 5 times greater risk of having periodontal disease. If you have diabetes you have a 3 times greater risk of having periodontal disease. If you smoke and have diabetes you have a 20 times greater risk of having periodontal disease and if you are nutritionally deficient you have a 1.5 timer greater likelihood of having periodontal disease.

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