The first theories linking a connection between oral and systemic health can be traced back to the 19th century. However, the greatest research proving this connection has been accomplished in the past few decades. In May 2000, the US Surgeon General published the first-ever report on oral health in America, highlighting the correlation between oral and systemic health. According to the report, the mouth typically reflects general health and well-being.
Dental diseases are the most common infectious diseases in the world. Chronic infections such as periodontal disease may play an integral role in the initiation and development of certain life-altering diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Periodontitis is a local inflammatory process involving a bacterial infection of the supporting structures of the teeth and is linked to systemic diseases.
Since the teeth and mouth are a potential source of infection during a major surgery like a transplant or joint replacement, patients should be examined by a dentist and have any necessary dental work completed. After all, an oral infection can lead to bacteria entering the bloodstream resulting in a serious infection elsewhere in the body.
The need for proper dental care is often unmet prior to surgery. Consequently, surgery patients may have decayed teeth and/or periodontal disease. These individuals may be harboring a dangerous infection. The effects of such an infection can not only compromise the surgical outcome, it is sure to increase recovery time, treatments and expenses. The importance of obtaining a dental evaluation, which we like to call a “dental physical,” and treating any oral infections present before major elective surgery cannot be overemphasized.
At Dental on Central, we are able to take the time necessary with a patient and review the medical history whether it is simple or complex. Before our dentists give the green light for surgery, you can be assured that your mouth is infection free resulting in a more successful surgery. Call us today at 602-266-1776 or schedule an appointment online! We would be happy to assess your oral health before any upcoming surgery or treatment plan.
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