Is there a correlation between oral and general systemic health? All current research screams YES. It was not always viewed this way. In the early 1980’s I attended Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, the commonly held opinion was that the mouth and body were entirely separate. As our understanding of disease has evolved, it has now been definitively proven that there is a correlation between oral health/disease and systemic health/disease. The precise mechanism has not been uncovered. One study concluded that a brittle diabetic’s (with periodontal disease) insulin needs decrease by a statistically significant amount when the periodontal disease is treated.
Healthier foods usually require biting and chewing. Real chewing is difficult or impossible with loose, rotten or painful teeth and or gums. There are many very good reasons to keep our mouths healthy.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A