Sadly, approximately half of the adults in the U.S. have some form of periodontal disease and more than 40 percent have a vitamin D deficiency, which increases the likelihood that they will develop cavities and/or suffer tooth loss. If you want to keep your smile shining bright, practice good dental hygiene and make sure you get enough vitamin D.
For years, dentists have suspected a connection between gum disease (i.e., periodontal disease) and chronic health conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Today, research is proving that their suspicions were right.
ORAL BACTERIA, CAVITIES AND GUM DISEASEAlthough more than 700 types of bacterial species have been detected in the mouth, most people host fewer than 100. While the majority of these species are harmless and even beneficial, there are some that cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. The two most common of these harmful species are streptococcus mutans and porphyromonas gingivalis. These bacteria feed off of the starches and sugars that we eat.
CAVITIESThe by-product of streptococcus mutans is an enamel-eroding acid that eats away at the protective covering of the teeth, the enamel. Once the enamel is damaged, a cavity can develop.
GUM DISEASEPorphyromonas gingivalis is the bacteria linked to periodontitis. Periodontitis is...
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes systemic inflammation that affects the joints, skin, internal organs and vascular system. In addition, recent research indicates that this autoimmune disease can even affect the teeth.