You may have noticed a recent proliferation of information regarding the “evils” of inflammation in the media. Is this something you should be concerned with in your busy life? The answer is an unmitigated YES! Be very concerned.
To make it a bit easier to understand, inflammation is our body’s response to agents that cause damage. Among these agents, consider: Atmospheric toxins, stress, diet and exercise deficiencies, smoking and alcohol habits, other drug or chemical dependencies among those most damaging to our well being. Inflammation then can be expressed clearly as disease or ill health. Among these, consider:
- Visible signs of aging like wrinkles.
- Susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.
- Acid reflux
- Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Urinary tract infections
We’ve known for many years that inflammation anywhere in the body, including the gums, results in increased levels of certain hormones and inflammatory molecules in the bloodstream. Several studies suggest that these hormones and inflammatory molecules trigger contractions in the uterine wall, leading to premature birth. Premature birth, particularly at a low birth weight, presents a number of other problems for mother and child.
It is important to have regular dental cleanings (every six months or as prescribed by the dentist) to remove risk factors and avoid health complications such as Oral Cancer.
Dr. Koshki will continue to post about this vital topic – keep reading and be informed for your best health!