Oral Systemic Health

Did you know that scientific research has concluded that even low-grade infection in your mouth (periodontal disease) elevates inflammation in the mouth, which then impacts on your body’s systems?

The impact on your body’s systems leads to increased risk of developing many systemic diseases. It’s now proven that your oral health is linked to your general health.

What is Oral Systemic Health?

Oral systemic health is the connection between oral health and our overall health and at Hartwell Dentistry this is the cutting edge of dentistry that we are at the forefront of.

We are proud members of the American Association of Oral Systemic Health and the Wellness Dentistry Network. Dr Matthew Fleming is one of only a handful of dentists who have travelled to the USA to attend advanced courses on this emerging area of dentistry. He now presents on this topic to professional societies and groups in Australia.

Numerous research articles have proven a link between oral health and numerous systemic diseases. Heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, pneumonia, osteoporosis, cancers and dementia all are related to oral health. Even pregnancy complications such a premature birth and low birth weight are influenced by inflammation in the mouth.

Current research worldwide is evaluating the relationship between periodontal disease and 57 systemic conditions.

Do other oral health conditions affect systemic health?

Conditions including oral cancer, oral airway and sleep apnoea, TMJ – headaches & migraines, dental decay, and biocompatibility of dental filling materials (in genetically susceptible individuals) affect general health. This illustrates the importance of maintaining overall good oral health.

At Hartwell Dentistry we are focused on all these areas and are trained to identify and/or treat these conditions.

AAOSH Dr Matthew Fleming is a member of AAOSH (American Academy of Oral Systemic Health). Dentists and Doctors who are members of AAOSH show a special interest in the overall health and well being of their patients and how the health of their mouths affects their general health. They pay special attention to emerging science and newer technologies and procedures, which reduce health risk factors and assure better health for their patients. AAOSH brings together allied health sciences and professionals and provides a wide variety of educational opportunities that help member dentists practice with the best clinical judgment and clinical skills possible.