The mouth and body are connected by many biological pathways, which means that oral health conditions can affect the body as a whole and vice-versa. Our team at the office of Michael Lemme DDS is committed to helping you protect your overall wellbeing by better understanding the link between periodontal disease and chronic health conditions.

Periodontal disease is an infection below the gum line that causes chronic inflammation of the gum tissue. If left untreated, it can cause tooth loss and jawbone loss, as well as a number of other concerns. Studies have shown an association between periodontal disease and health conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy complications, respiratory disease, heart disease, and more. Patients with these conditions may have a predisposition for periodontal disease, or may experience aggravated symptoms as a result of existing periodontal disease.

Dr. Michael Lemme and our team invite you to visit the dentist at least every six months for a checkup. Routine dental care not only reduces the risk of periodontal disease and other oral health concerns, but also allows us to detect early signs and create a treatment plan before the condition worsens. Contact our office today to learn more about the mouth-body connection in Oak Harbor, Washington, and to schedule a dental appointment.