In addition to the pain, discomfort, and tooth loss usually associated with poor oral health, studies completed in recent years have linked the onset and progression of diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and even dementia to poor oral health.
Even when good oral hygiene practices such as daily brushing and flossing are consistently employed, most people will develop cavities or gum disease. This requires some form of dental intervention at some point in their lives.
Most commonly, where disease progresses due to genetics or poor oral hygiene, gingivitis and periodontal disease tend to manifest.
Throughout their lives, most people will develop some form of periodontal disease. However, when identified early, the implementation of a consistent oral hygiene regimen to improve oral health can slow the progression of disease to a point where its effects are relatively unnoticeable.
The more advanced periodontal disease becomes, the more extensive the treatment needed to correct it becomes. Early identification and consistent application of means to combat poor oral health are key to prevention.
Because gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease, a consistent oral hygiene regimen including daily at home care and regular visits to the Dentist’s office can often reverse its effects. Due to its advanced nature, there is currently no opportunity to reverse the effects of periodontal disease.
However, various treatments exist which can aid in eliminating the pain and other negative effects of periodontitis. Such treatments include professionally performed scaling and cleaning of the teeth, medications such as prescription mouthwashes and oral gels, and oral surgery.
Though chronic pain and discomfort are the symptoms most often experienced by those suffering from oral disease, advanced oral disease can lead to conditions which can be life-threatening.
In addition to playing an active role in the development of new oral medications aimed at combatting diseases such as gingivitis, members of our donor community are integral to various advancements in the treatment of oral health conditions, which not only improves smiles, but can have a profound positive impact on a patient’s overall health and well-being.
Science Care donors assist in research and development of various new medications and implantable devices intended to improve a patient’s oral health. They also afford dental professionals and oral surgeons the opportunity to increase their knowledge and receive necessary training for:
Because oral health is essential to overall health, it is recommended that a patient visit the dentist at least once a year, even where no known oral disease exists, or a patient may no longer have their natural disease.