Childhood Environment Determines Disease in Adulthood • Published on Published onSeptember 15, 2017 • Edit article • View stats Caroline Wallace, DDS • 5 • Like1 • Comment0 • Edit article I read an article yesterday from Smithsonian Magazine tha

I read an article yesterday from Smithsonian Magazine that provoked thought. It has been proven that periodontal disease has a direct link to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and premature, low birth rate babies.

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Constant exposure to oral bacteria, inflammation, results in bacteria adhering to heart vessels, decreasing the diameter, making the heart work harder to move your blood, resulting in high blood pressure. I compare this to one's garden hose. We've all stuck our finger in the hose and felt the slime buildup from tap water.


Exposure to oral bacteria, inflammation, during pregnancy is associated with pre-term, low birth weight babies, is especially prevalent in Southwestern Virginia. Some medical insurance will cover the cost of periodontal therapy in an attempt to avoid the extra medical expense of a premature birth.


Inflammation changing one's DNA is new to me, too. Stress and inflammation just are not good. This article makes sense. Nothing is constant. Some people believe this is the premise of evolution.


Part of the explanation from the article says:

"This is not the first time research has shown that a child's environment growing up can help determine his or her future health. This isn't even the first time that scientists have linked environment to DNA methylation and methylation to health (these studies have been done in mice). This is, however, one of the first and most complete investigations that show that epigenetic modifications created by the environment have lasting effects on human health."


I encourage you to read the article here: