The Link Between Oral Health and Your Overall Well-Being

At West Suburban Oral Health Care in Naperville, Illinois, our team of professionals educates patients on how to maintain oral health. This is about more than just gum disease and tooth decay. The health of the mouth is related to the health of the body due to a link known as the oral-systemic connection.

What is the oral-systemic connection?

Drs. Susan Mazzei, Kelsey Esposito, Marco Fajardo, and Ashley Nguyen describe the oral-systemic connection as the proven link between oral health and overall health. This connection highlights the fact that the mouth is not an isolated part of the body but rather a crucial gateway to systemic health.

What are the potential risks of poor oral health on the body?

Oral health has a significant and traceable impact on various aspects of our overall health, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and even pregnancy outcomes. Poor oral hygiene, including the development of periodontal disease, has been linked to inflammation in other parts of the body and has been associated with increased risk for certain conditions.

The bacteria in our mouths can also travel through the bloodstream to reach different organs and tissues in the body. Studies have continually shown that periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, often leads to inflammation in arteries and increases the risk for heart disease. Chronic conditions like diabetes and respiratory illnesses have also been scientifically linked to poor oral health, as the bacteria in our mouths can worsen these conditions.

It is essential to understand that a healthy mouth is crucial to maintaining overall health. Regular dental check-ups, brushing routines, flossing techniques, and a balanced diet are key factors in promoting good oral hygiene. By taking care of our oral health, we protect our teeth and gums and reduce the risk of developing other systemic diseases.

How do I find out more about my oral systemic health?

The oral-systemic connection highlights the importance of addressing oral health as integral to one’s overall wellness. It serves as a reminder that neglecting our mouths can have consequences far beyond just tooth decay or gum disease. By prioritizing oral hygiene and seeking regular dental care at West Suburban Oral Health Care, you can achieve and maintain your oral health and reduce your risk of potential health conditions throughout the body. Call 630-393-3045 to request a visit at 380 West Diehl Road and speak to our team about your dental health needs.

Dr. Susan Mazzei, West Suburban Oral Health Care
Dr. Kelsey Esposito, West Suburban Oral Health Care
Dr. Marco Fajardo, West Suburban Oral Health Care
Dr. Ashley Nguyen, West Suburban Oral Health Care

Dr. Susan Mazzei is a skilled dentist specializing in prosthodontics. A graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, she completed a Certification in Prosthodontics before joining the faculty of Northwestern University Dental School as a Clinical Assistant Professor, where she served for 12 years and became Assistant Professor Emeritus. Dr. Mazzei believes that excellent oral health begins with education and prevention and is committed to continuing her education. She is a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach, a Charter Fellow in the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and has completed the Bale and Doneen Method Preceptorship Program.

Dr. Kelsey Esposito worked in healthcare advertising and communications before realizing that her passions were dentistry and patient care. She holds a BA in Economics and Fine Art from Kalamazoo College, a Premedicine Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Dental Medicine from The University of Illinois in Chicago. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Chicago Dental Society (CDS), Illinois Dental Society (IDS), Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and AAOSH.

Dr. Marco Fajardo is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, where he also served as a part-time Assistant Clinical Instructor. He was a member of the University Dental Associates of the University of Chicago too. In 1994, he formed the basis of West Suburban Oral Healthcare with Dr. Mazzei. He is now its Team Leader.

Dr. Ashley Nguyen studied at the University of Buffalo and Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL (dental school). She is a member of the ADA, CDS, IDS, and other local organizations. She continues her education by attending dental conferences and seminars.