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Did you know that your oral health is connected to your general health?
The mouth is the gateway to the body.

And your dentist and dental team are one of your biggest health advocacy you can have.

What is an oral systemic health problem?

Systemic means affecting the entire body, rather than a single organ or body part. For example, systemic disorders, such as high blood pressure, or systemic diseases, such as the flu, affect the entire body. An infection that is in the bloodstream is called a systemic infection. The oral-systemic connection is the link between the health of your mouth and your overall health. Studies show that oral germs, such as those that cause gum disease, frequently enter the bloodstream and quickly spread throughout the body.

Sleep Apnoea

The first sign of sleep apnea is often tooth grinding (also called bruxism). Dentists look for worn tooth surfaces, a sign that a patient grinds his or her teeth. Grinding can cause tooth wear and breakage as well as inflamed and receding gums.


Sometimes inflammation and infection can make the blood more likely to clot, causing a stroke. If serious dental problems persist untreated for a long time, the inflammation and infection that result from unhealthy teeth and gums can make an ischemic stroke more likely.

Heart Disease

Gum disease (periodontitis) is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the blood stream, which can affect the heart valves. Oral health may be particularly important if you have artificial heart valves.

Bowel Cancer

Researchers have determined how a type of bacteria commonly found in the mouth accelerates the growth of colon cancer. Researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have determined how F. nucleatum -- a common oral bacteria often implicated in tooth decay -- accelerates the growth of colon cancer.


It's important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby. Below are some tips to help you maintain good oral health before, during, and after pregnancy


If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), your oral health is at risk. Both RA and gum disease are linked to severe inflammation, which is your body's natural immune response to prevent foreign bodies like viruses and bacteria.

Blood Pressure

Poor oral health may interfere with blood pressure control in people diagnosed with hypertension. Periodontal disease — a condition marked by gum infection, gum inflammation and tooth damage — appears to worsen blood pressure and interferes with hypertension treatment.

Waist Size

A high sugar diet, often the cause of obesity, can lead to a higher risk of tooth decay and cavities, especially in children. With greater access to food with high sugar, the risk of building plaque on your teeth is much higher.

Kidney Disease

A Journal of Clinical Periodontology study showed that people with kidney disease and/or who are on dialysis are more likely to have oral health problems like periodontal (gum) disease than those with no kidney issues.


People with diabetes have a higher chance of having periodontal (gum) disease, an infection of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. Periodontal disease can lead to pain, bad breath that doesn't go away, chewing difficulties, and even tooth loss.


A recent analysis led by NIA scientists suggests that bacteria that cause gum disease are also associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, especially vascular dementia.

Systemic means affecting the entire body, rather than a single organ or body part.

For example, systemic disorders, such as high blood pressure, or systemic diseases, such as the flu, affect the entire body. An infection that is in the bloodstream is called a systemic infection.

"You are not healthy without good oral health…"

C. Everett Koop, MD

Oral health coupled with systemic health are well understood to be foundations for improved health outcomes and quality of life for patients.
Total Health Screens
Total Health Screens

Oral Health & Overall Health

Periodontal disease or gum disease has been associated with a number of health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Visiting your dentist now can include a Total Health approach that offer key health screens that help you give you a clearer picture of your health.
Total Health Screens

What is a Total Health Screen?

It's a preventative health screen that includes measuring:
Blood Pressure 1

Blood Pressure

Body Mass Index (BMI) 2

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Waist & Height Ratio 3

Waist & Height Ratio

Cholesterol Screen 4

Cholesterol Screen

Glucose Screen 5

Glucose Screen

The Basics

The connection between oral health and general health also know as The Oral-Systemic Connection - connection is the link between the health of your mouth and your overall health.

Why its important to know your numbers?

If you have three numbers outside the reference range, you are classified as having Metabolic Syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome are at triple the risk for heart disease, heart attack, or stroke and quadruple the risk of developing diabetes.

If you have Metabolic Syndrome we recommend you visit your doctor.

Your Blood Pressure Your Blood Pressure Your BMI Your BMI Your Waist To Height Ratio Your Waist To Height Ratio Your Glucose Levels Your Glucose Levels Your Cholesterol Levels Your Cholesterol Levels

Patients Love It

"It's easy to do and you feel like you're really helping."

"Patients really love it. I absolutely love it too! They're happy and it's easy to do and you feel like you are really helping people.

We've had people say this is easier than trying to organise health screens with their GP. Having them provided here at the practice has been really helpful for people."

Emma Birch
Emma Birch

Dental Therapist

Park Dental Practice,
A Total Health Screens
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