A new study in The Lancet reports a significant reduction in inflammatory markers in the blood after intensive non-surgical periodontal treatment (NSPT). Have a look at the above chart.

What this means is a healthier mouth lowers systemic inflammation.

This is important for those chronic diseases which are driven by inflammation — diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, etc. And it explains why diabetics experience improved management of their condition with improved oral health.As we contemplate the “Better Smile” campaigns around oral health month, there is another, far more serious and compelling message to send to your communities. Better oral health = lower inflammation = better overall health. The evidence is in.