Your oral health has a bigger impact on your overall health than you may suspect. Inflammation and disease in the mouth can have negative impact throughout your whole body and lead to some very serious conditions. 

One of the key players in this oral systemic connection are the bacteria that live in your mouth. There are both good and bad bacteria that can inhabit your mouth.  The goal is to rid yourself of the bad bacteria and create an environment in the mouth to promote the growth of good bacteria.  Brushing and flossing alone will not be enough to deal with the issue if bad bacteria have taken hold in your mouth.  There may not be obvious signs to the untrained eye. 

So how do we determine if treatment is needed and what can be done? One of the best tools we have is the Oral DNA MyPeriopath test to find out what pathogens are present in the mouth. Below you will see an example of a portion of the report. 

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The test will show the pathogens and their quantities in the mouth. Once we know this, a plan of attack can be formed by the dental provider and physician. The key is to find which bad bacteria are present and eliminate them because they contribute to arterial disease and inflammation. 

Your dentist can also use x-ray and cone beam ct scans to look for abscesses and other issues that are missed by routine examination. These areas can be breeding grounds for bacteria that are carried throughout your whole body. 

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Making sure that there is not an underlying problem that could lead to further oral damage as well as systemic damage is a key in preventing arterial disease. Addressing any current issues and treating them is one of the first steps to prevention. 

Go see your dentist more often!