And what is that, anyhow?
The surrounding tissues in your mouth are very susceptible to inflammation, which is otherwise known as periodontal disease. In fact, over half of the adult population will have inflammation present in their mouth.
In the last 5 to 10 years, there has been a shift in thinking about the consequences of this chronic inflammation. In the past, it was generally agreed that the consequence of this inflammation was that it lead to tooth loss. In recent years, however, there has been rapid change in understanding inflammation and its consequence in humans.
The consensus is that there is a connection and linkage between all inflammatory processes. Those inflammatory processes don’t just include the periodontal disease we’re talking about here, but also systematic disease such as cardiovascular illnesses and diabetes. Looking at the body from this perspective, it’s clear that tooth loss is not the only consequence of periodontal disease.
While in the past, your dentist might only have been concerned about your oral health, we at Bay Dental want to ensure you’re healthy from head to toe. From a total body health perspective, that means we need to assess whether a patient has periodontal disease or not and how advanced it is.
To assess periodontal diseases, we of course need accurate data to establish a diagnosis and a baseline for examinations in the future. This can only be done with a comprehensive periodontal examination. As you’ve just read, periodontal disease can be related to other diseases in the body – meaning this examination is just one more way Bay Dental is looking after your health.