Oral Bacteria Imbalance Linked to Immune System Risk

As your Jacksonville dentist, Dr. Tiffany Shields reminds you of the impact that your oral health can have on your overall health. The link between oral health and total body health is becoming more entrenched in the scientific literature as new research is published.

Recently Science Daily examined a study by University of Pennsylvania, which focused on periodontal disease causing bacteria and its effects on the body’s immune system. While a proper balance of bacteria in the body proves to be helpful in fighting off disease, an imbalance of bacteria can put your immune system at risk. The findings suggest that the overwhelming presence of these bacteria may be linked to health issues such as irritable bowel disease, colon cancer, and other inflammatory diseases.

At your Jacksonville dentist office we want your smile, and your body to be the healthiest that they can be. If you have been putting off a dentist visit, or simply need help getting your oral care back on the right track, there’s no better time than now. Contact our office today to set up your initial appointment.


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