Mouth - Body Connection

Research studies have shown that there is a strong association between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications and respiratory disease.

Periodontal disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the gum tissue, periodontal infection below the gum line and a presence of disease-causing bacteria in the oral region.  Halting the progression of periodontal disease and maintaining excellent standards of oral hygiene will not only reduce the risk of gum disease and bone loss, but also reduce the chances of developing other serious illnesses.

Common cofactors associated with periodontal disease:

Diabetes

A research study has shown that individuals with pre-existing diabetic conditions are more likely to either have, or be more susceptible to periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease can increase blood sugar levels which makes controlling the amount of glucose in the blood difficult.  This factor alone can increase the risk of serious diabetic complications.  Conversely, diabetes thickens blood vessels and therefore makes it harder for the mouth to rid itself of excess sugar.  Excess sugar in the mouth creates a breeding ground for the types of oral bacteria that cause gum disease.

Heart Disease

There are several theories which explain the link between heart disease and periodontitis.  One such theory is that the oral bacteria strains which exacerbate periodontal disease attach themselves to the coronary arteries when they enter the bloodstream.  This in turn contributes to both blood clot formation and the narrowing of the coronary arteries, possibly leading to a heart attack.

A second possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease causes a significant plaque build up.  This can swell the arteries and worsen pre-existing heart conditions.  An article published by the American Academy of Periodontology suggests that patients whose bodies react to periodontal bacteria have an increased risk of developing heart disease.

Pregnancy Complications

Women in general are at increased risk of developing periodontal disease because of hormone fluctuations that occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause.  Research suggests that pregnant women suffering from periodontal disease are more at risk of preeclampsia and delivering underweight, premature babies.

Periodontitis increases levels of prostaglandin, which is one of the labor-inducing chemicals.  Elevated levels prostaglandin may trigger premature labor, and increase the chances of delivering an underweight baby.  Periodontal disease also elevates C-reactive proteins (which have previously been linked to heart disease).  Heightened levels of these proteins can amplify the inflammatory response of the body and increase the chances of preeclampsia and low birth weight babies.

Respiratory Disease

Oral bacterium linked with gum disease has been shown to possibly cause or worsen conditions such as emphysema, pneumonia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  Oral bacteria can be drawn into the lower respiratory tract during the course of normal inhalation and colonize; causing bacterial infections.  Studies have shown that the repeated infections which characterize COPD may be linked with periodontitis.

In addition to the bacterial risk, inflammation in gum tissue can lead to severe inflammation in the lining of the lungs, which aggravates pneumonia.  Individuals who suffer from chronic or persistent respiratory issues generally have low immunity.  This means that bacteria can readily colonize beneath the gum line unchallenged by body’s immune system.

If you have questions or concerns about periodontal disease and the mouth-body connection, please ask your dentist. We care about your overall health and your smile!

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7/9/2019--Over the past several years I had a number of dental problems which were addressed by several Doctors in the Dr. Ted Filandrianos and Associates Service. These included regrouping of some teeth (Dr. Steve Bader), installation of implants (Dr. John Govostes) and restoration (Dr. Ted Filandrianos). In all cases I found the service and the quality of the work to be of the highest quality. The regrouping of the teeth and the installation of implants were very successful. Dr. Ted Filandrianos in particular, with whom I had interacted for a longer period of time, in addition to his outstanding technical skills and the use of state of the art digital imaging tools, he worked patiently over a number of months to address difficult anatomical problems towards an excellent outcome. Also, the Dental Assistants, that I interacted with during my treatment, were very skillful and highly professional. Similarly, I found Zuzana, the dental hygienist, to be highly professional and skillful. She makes your periodic visits to be something you look forward to it rather than to dread it. It will not be an exaggeration if I say that Zuzana is the best hygienist I have had during my entire life. Finally, Emily and Ali, who run the front office, are highly professional. They were always strive to accommodate the patient's needs and time requirements. Particularly, if you are facing a dental emergency they will always figure out ways to accommodate you. In conclusion , during my long life with a number of difficult dental problems I sought treatment in a number of dental services in the Boston area. I found the dental care that I received by the Dr. Filandrianos and Associates Service to be by far the best.

Theodore Moustakas

06/19/19--A recommendation for a dentist: His skill, his up to date equipment (computer driven replacements of tooth decay) and the efficiency of his office.
Dr. Filandrianos is the most efficient, and thoughtful and - yes - pain free doctor in his field that I have ever encountered. I have had dental work done in Ohio, Washington , New York, Baltimore, Guatemala city and Panama city....and the care and treatment I have had from"Dr. Ted", as he is known, surpasses them all. He is a very kind person. His staff is always excellent, considerate and efficient. His notifications of appointments and willingness to make changes in scheduling , when necessary, have made him and his office people and dental assistants the most appreciated in their field, I cannot give a higher recommendation . I am grateful to have found this office whenI first came to live in Boston.

Gay P. Lord

06/18/2015--Carolyn Z.

I wish there were a Yelp "location" category called "The Universe"...because Dr. Ted Filandrianos and the outstanding dental team in his Newton Centre office are the absolute BEST in the Universe.

I should know. I've had it all there...cleanings, fillings, root canals, extractions, bone grafts, implants, crowns...and every single treatment was performed impeccably...and as an added treat, with chair-side manners that make you feel relaxed, anxiety-free and...dare I write this about a dental experience?...well-loved! Dr. Ted and his colleagues will do everything they possibly can to save a tooth. And when they can't, these brilliant, topnotch specialists will spring into action with their specialties...and save the day!

Dr. Ted has saved or restored so many of my teeth. He is the perfect blend of scientist and artist and his work is second to one. Add to that the warmest and most empathetic treatment I've ever received from a dentist (I used to dread the dentist!) and you have, as I said, the best dentist in the Universe. I also want to say that if you ever, ever need a dental implant, and I needed two...and a bone graft...right after an extraction of an infected tooth...and you are nervous about it...periodontist Dr. Jean-Marie Biebuyck aka "Dr. B" will remove that anxiety when he puts his talents to work. I could not believe it. He calmed me, he assured me that all was going well, he made me laugh a few times and, most importantly, he was visibly proud of how well each procedure turned out and put me at ease each step of the way.

And how about those dreaded root canal treatments? Not here. Just this past weekend, I was in horrific pain from an infected lateral incisor (top). Dr. Ted put me in touch with my now-hero Dr. Barry Goldberg, the endontist in his office - and Dr. Goldberg called me and put me on an antibiotic immediately (on a Sunday!) so that I'd be prepared for the next day's root canal appointment. His chair-side manner is exceptional as well...and he put me at ease from "hello". I love how he explains what's going on with the tooth while we look together at the x-rays - and the steps he is going to take. Even the way he administers Novocaine is a pleasant experience if you can believe that. I just went back yesterday so Dr. Goldberg could fill the canals and put a temporary filling - and everything went perfectly. No more pain - and he saved my porcelain crown...he was so careful when working on it! Next step - permanent filling with Dr. Ted.

I could go on and on (which I already have!) but I also need to mention that Zuzana is an outstanding dental hygienist who knows I can act like a 3-year old baby when it comes to the probing during a cleaning - and she makes it as painless as possible with her talent and skill.

And the dental assistants (I apologize for not remembering all the names from the past several years) are wonderful...topnotch...and a huge component of the overall positive experience I've had in Dr. Ted's office...so I want to thank Marina and Wendy for being the best and taking good care of me.

Now...last but in no way least...I need to give a shout out to the very professional and vibrant Emily and Ali who are at the front desks - and who help ensure that Dr. Ted's practice runs smoothly. Whether it's a phone or in-person conversation, you will feel like the only patient in the practice...because of how Emily and Ali greet you, treat you, listen to you and reassure you that you are in the best dental office...in the Universe! Dr. Ted struck gold when he found them!

But don't take my word for any of the above. Experience it yourself - and you'll see what I mean!

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