Correlations Between Oral Health and Overall Health Highlights the Importance of Proactive Measures, says Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center

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The Los Angeles area clinic comments on a recent article that, while the precise mechanisms responsible for the apparent connection between tooth loss, periodontal disease, and other illnesses like heart disease and arthritis may not yet be completely clear, the evidence is strong that a healthy mouth is vital to overall health.

Healthy teeth and gums are part of the key to a healthy life.

While the cause of the correlation may still not yet be pinpointed, the connection still adds additional urgency to patients dealing with such problems as gum disease, periodontitis, and missing teeth, as rapidly as possible.

An April 13 article on Harvard Health Publishing explores a number of theories on why an increasing number of studies have found strong correlations between poor oral health and problems elsewhere in the body, such as heart disease and arthritis. It concludes by saying that more studies will be needed before it will be possible to reach a clear conclusion. Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center says that, while the cause of the correlation may still not yet be pinpointed, the connection still adds to the urgency of addressing such problems as gum disease, periodontitis, and missing teeth.

Of course, issues such as lost teeth and illnesses of the gums are already fairly urgent matters all on their own, says Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center. Symptoms such as bleeding gums, pain, and severe halitosis (bad breath) are reasons enough for patients to schedule a visit with a periodontist quickly. Even more seriously, losing teeth has a number of obvious health and quality of life issues, says the clinic. People who are missing teeth are often socially isolated and may find it difficult to find employment; they may also be unable to chew their food properly which can limit their choices and actually make it difficult for them to obtain proper nutrition.

Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center says the good news is that periodontal problems can be addressed fairly quickly in a number of ways. In the case of gum disease, the most common treatment is root planing and scaling – a procedure that is typically referred to as a deep cleaning. Essentially, the procedure involves clearing plaque from below the gum line and is performed using a topical anesthesia, the clinic adds. For missing teeth, traditional dentures and bridgework are clearly better than nothing, but they do little to address the bone loss associated with missing teeth nor, quite possibly, the associated systemic health issues, which also may include diabetes. Dental implants, however, look and act pretty much exactly like real teeth and do appear to arrest the development of bone loss, while also offering patients the most convenient and natural looking solution, says the clinic

Readers who like to out more about the services available from Beverly Hills Periodontics & Dental Implant Center and specialist Dr. Peiman Soleymani, are invited to call the office at (310) 275-4606 or visit http://www.BHPeriodontist.com.

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