Gum Disease Linked to Other Serious Health Risks

Gum DiseaseMore research has surfaced that proves a correlation between gum disease and the bacteria in your mouth and other serious health issues such as heart disease. Scientists have shown that the bacteria in your mouth that is fueled by gum disease can travel through your bloodstream and cause inflammation. Inflammation in your bloodstream can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and gum disease are linked through inflammation and luckily for patients can be reduced by proper treatment of gum disease.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by the accumulation of plaque around the teeth and gums. When it is left to build up it creates disease causing bacteria that result in gum disease. If this bacteria is not removed properly by at-home dental care and professional dental care it can inflame the gums and lead to destruction of tissue and bone that support the teeth. What’s worse, it can also lead to disease in the rest of the body as well as contribute to diabetes and pre-term birth.

Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases in the country and often occurs without any signs or symptoms. Typically sensitive or bleeding gums, bad breath, or loose teeth are the most common indicators of gum disease. You may even be able to feel the plaque that accumulates on your teeth as a sticky colorless film. To remedy the effects of gum disease it is important that you visit your dentist to determine if your at-home health care techniques are appropriate and so that they can routinely clean the plaque that accumulates on your gums. Caught early enough periodontal disease can be stopped or prevented and this is the best defense against tooth loss and other serious health complications such as cardiovascular disease.

We offer gum disease therapy to help our patients maintain great oral health and to remedy the effects of gum disease. If you are showing signs of gum disease or know someone who is, contact us today.

By |October 13th, 2011|Archives, Featured Articles, Gum Disease|