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Gum Disease and Your Dental Hygiene

Gum disease is a sneaky thing that causes inflammation of the gum line and affects the bone that supports and surrounds your teeth. Gum disease rears its ugly head in three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Fortunately (or unfortunately) gum disease can often be relatively painless. However, there is a way to detect it with the following symptoms:

  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums that move away from the teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Pus that is visible around the teeth and gums

Most people should have a general understanding that poor dental health leads to cavities, but there are bigger and more severe problems that can result from poor oral care. Without proper dental care you risk serious consequences that go far beyond a simple toothache, easy to repair cavities, or unsightly stains.

Studies have shown that gum disease has been linked to major diseases throughout the body. Not taking proper care of your oral health can cause worse problems than a routine root canal.

Heart Disease

Bacteria that finds itself thriving within the mouth will travel through the bloodstream and land in the arteries of the heart. This causes hardening of the arteries and decreases (or even blocks) the blood flow through the entire body. The risk of this ends in heart attack or stroke. The bacteria also causes the inner lining of the heart to become inflamed, which is a condition known as endocarditis. The heart is… well… the force in your body to be reckoned with. Poor dental hygiene should not be a reason for its failure to keep you alive.

Diabetes

People with poor blood sugar control suffer from gum disease more often and much more severely than those who do not have diabetes. Bacteria thrives on sugar, including glucose, which is the sugar linked to diabetes. Poorly controlled glucose levels show up in saliva and create a perfect breeding ground for harmful germs, which leads to gum disease.

Dementia

The worst of the worst (argumentally). When a person has gingivitis the bacteria finds a way through the nervous system and bloodstream to the brain, which has been linked to the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Respiratory Infection

When bacteria from infected teeth and gums is breathed in where does it go? That’s right, the lungs. Over a long period of time this can have a devastating effect on the state of your lungs. Infections, such as pneumonia have been linked to poor oral health.

Overall the message is crystal clear, it’s not only the health of your pearly whites that you are risking by neglecting your oral health, it is the overall wellbeing of your body that is in jeopardy. Don’t let something as simple as brushing and flossing lead you down a serious road of life altering diseases. With proper-daily dental routines and regular visits to our office, you can keep your oral and overall health in check.

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