Oral Systemic Health Specialist

West Suburban Oral Healthcare

Dentists & Prosthodontists located in Naperville, IL

Your oral health is directly related to several types of chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. As highly skilled oral-systemic health experts, Susan Mazzei, DDS and Kelsey Esposito, DMD spend time evaluating your overall health. When you have an oral health screening at West Suburban Oral Healthcare in Warrenville, Illinois, your dedicated dentist not only strives to reduce the infection and inflammation that can lead to chronic disease, they also look for warning signs that something is off in your body and perform OralDNA® testing. Book your appointment by calling the office, or by using the online scheduler.

Oral Systemic Health

What is oral-systemic health?

Oral systemic health involves including your general dentist in your overall health and wellness care to prevent chronic disease or prevent disease progression.

Research indicates that periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, is associated with chronic health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Your dental practitioner can often notice signs of possible chronic health issues simply by performing a thorough oral exam.

While both oral health issues and chronic diseases are related, it doesn’t mean that one causes the other. But medical and dental professionals do notice that patients who have gum disease also have higher risks of developing chronic conditions.

Even though it's unclear which issue comes first — gum disease or chronic disease — medical experts find that treating periodontitis and early signs of gum disease can improve your overall health and lower your risk of severe health issues.  

Why does periodontitis increase my risk of disease?

Periodontitis, as well as early gum disease called gingivitis, stems from a bacterial infection in the soft tissues that support your teeth. As your immune system reacts to this infection, not only do your gums inflame, but inflammation throughout your body goes up.

If you don’t treat gum disease early on, the infection and inflammation continue to spread throughout your body. This can damage blood vessels, narrow coronary arteries, and spread bacteria to vital organs.  

How is an oral health exam performed?

While your primary care physician performs overall health and wellness checks, they don’t always evaluate your oral health. This is where your dentist comes into play. Dr. Mazzei and Dr. Esposito have extensive training in checking and evaluating your:

  • Gums, tongue, and cheeks
  • Lymph nodes
  • Jaw function
  • Back of throat

If you have bleeding gums or other signs of gum disease, your dentist gets you started on treatment and lets you know if you need to follow up with your primary care doctor.

The team at West Suburban Oral Healthcare may also suggest OralDNA® testing. This allows you to learn if you have genetic markers that are associated with increased inflammation and systemic issues, simply by taking a saliva sample.

Stay on top of your overall health and schedule your oral health exam at West Suburban Oral Healthcare by calling the clinic, or by using the online scheduler.

Call our team at West Suburban Oral Health Care to make an appointment to discuss your individual concern.