We hope patients at Riverwalk Dental see the dentists’ office as a hopeful place. There are a growing number of studies that show dental health is vital to overall health, and that regular cleanings can lead to unexpected improvements in other areas. Recently, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found evidence of a causative effect between treating gum disease and cirrhosis symptoms.
Cirrhosis, which results from scarring of the liver, is seriously detrimental to the body. It results in increased inflammation and decreased cognitive function. Both cirrhosis and periodontal disease can result from abuse of alcohol and tobacco, so it’s unsurprising that people with one would be at increased risk for the other. But periodontal disease is also unusually common in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which prompted researchers to experiment.
They found that when people with cirrhosis were treated for gum disease, the number of bacteria in their gut that combat inflammation increased, as did their cognitive function. No significant change was found in the control group. Researchers are unsure what the connection is, but it demonstrates why it’s wrong for people to think that regular dental cleanings aren’t important.
Dr. Jared Palmer and his team operate Riverwalk Dental at 540 6th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 1K5, Canada. To schedule an appointment, call 1-403-456-4994 or visit Riverwalk Dental.