Is Your Oral Health a Window to Your Overall Health? Part 1

Welcome back to our blog site, faithful followers as well as new readers.  If you have any history reading posts on this blog site, then you are well aware that we desire to educate our patients and readers in all manner of health concerns, especially those which pertain to oral health, gum disease, and systemic diseases, and the relationship between these conditions. It is Dr. Scharf’s goal to help our followers understand how gum disease and systemic diseases are connected, emphasizing prevention and treatment where and when available, and to do so in a manner which is easily understood by our audiences and patients.  

New blog series

Last week, we completed a six-part article series on peptic ulcers and gum disease, pointing out that chronic inflammation, such as that found in gum disease development, is a root cause of many systemic diseases. Today, we are beginning a new series of blog posts designed to bridge from the peptic ulcer topic to your overall health.  Its purpose is to help you understand how untreated gum disease, and the damage it causes, is connected to many chronic and serious health conditions which are running rampant in our world today. We invite you to join us as we begin this important discussion.

Why is oral health important?

Ok, we’re looking for a show of hands here — how many of you know that there are clues in your mouth that guide your dental professional to health concerns outside of your mouth? Or, how many of you have ever stopped to consider that problems occurring in your mouth can have an effect elsewhere in your body? If you responded negatively to either of these questions, please don’t feel bad or isolated because there are probably thousands, if not millions, of people all over the globe who are uninformed, perhaps even not caring to take the time to educate themselves.  Making the connection between oral health and system disease is the “why” behind this blog series, and we hope you will join us in the weeks ahead to learn a bit more about how your body works and the results of some of the choices we make as we walk these Earthly streets.

Our goal

This first segment serves as the introduction to this vital new series, giving you a road map of subtopics that we plan to discuss over the next several weeks.  We will begin our discussion next week with the connection between oral health and overall health, and, over time, we will cover conditions that are linked to your oral health, conditions which can have an effect on your oral health, and how you can protect your oral health.  Please join us and learn the “how” and the “why” of some pretty serious health maladies. Until then, we encourage you to get established with a dental professional who can identify and treat gum disease in any stage of development, in any member of your family. Dr. David Scharf wants to be your Periodontist on Long Island and, in that role, he can manage the oral health of your family.  Contact us and we’ll be happy to tell you how we treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

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