Oral-Systemic Connection

Oral-Systemic Connection

Dedication to Oral & Overall Health in Columbia, SC

Well-being is a function of your entire body. If one part of your system isn’t working correctly, that can affect your other bodily systems. The oral cavity is an extremely important system in the body, and when oral health is lacking, that can result in disease in other parts of the body or a general feeling of malaise. The team at Newsome Complete Health Dentistry in Columbia, SC, understands this vital connection and works with treatment options for each individual patient to ensure quality overall health.

Disease and poor oral health can be linked in many ways that can be overlooked.


At Newsome Complete Health Center, we fully believe that by looking at dentistry as a means to overall health, we can prevent your oral health from contributing to other diseases later in life. We will give you thorough, comprehensive examinations as well as options for a variety of treatments to make sure your mouth is as healthy as it can possibly be so that you can rest assured that you are on your way to better well-being.

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that affects memory, reasoning and personality, usually in older people. Research suggests inflammation in early life, such as that caused by periodontal disease, can eventually have consequences leading to Alzheimer’s.

Heart disease leads to plaque build-up in the arteries, causing blood clots which can eventually lead to heart attack. This can also lead to stroke and even death. Periodontal disease may lead to heart disease, because when oral bacteria enters the blood, it flows to the heart and can create clots. Plus, inflammation from periodontal disease increases plaque, swelling arteries. Periodontal disease is also linked to increased risk of stroke.

Diabetes and oral health are linked in several ways. Gum disease is a complication of diabetes, and those with uncontrolled Type II diabetes are at a much higher risk of gum disease. Those with diabetes have a more difficult time fighting oral bacteria and therefore have an increased risk of oral fungal infections. Periodontal disease can also increase blood sugar, which is harmful to diabetics. Medications to treat diabetes often cause dry mouth, which can lead to complications like ulcers, cavities, soreness, etc., and if diabetes isn’t well-controlled, it can be harder to heal after oral surgery.

Migraines are chronic, painful headaches usually on one side of the head. Symptoms include nausea and light and sound sensitivity. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), where the lower jaw and skull connect, can be a source of pain that causes migraines when it isn’t aligned, causing strain, tension and increased blood pressure.

Studies show that those who are overweight have more missing teeth and tooth decay, as well as have a much higher rate of periodontal disease than those at a healthy weight. These correlations could be due to diet. Bacteria in your mouth acts on sugar in the food you eat, which creates acids that erode and weaken tooth enamel, leading to decay.

Studies show that there is a correlation between gum disease and pancreatic cancer, as chronic inflammation can create harmful bacteria that travel to the gut, eventually leading to cancer-causing conditions.

Severe periodontal disease during pregnancy can cause premature labor and increased blood pressure. In addition, the hormonal changes that pregnancy causes can increase the risk of gum disease. This would potentially cause bacteria to pass to the fetus. Acid reflux due to pregnancy can also weaken tooth enamel.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s tissues. People with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have gum disease. The connection may be that both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis involve inflammatio

Sleep apnea involves a stopping of breathing for an abnormal period of time during sleep, where the pause can last a few seconds to a minute. Those with sleep apnea can benefit from oral devices that improve airflow and breathing during sleep.

Our staff is always willing to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today at (803) 782-6966 for more information or to schedule an appointment!