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Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes And Connections

With more than 3 million cases reported each year, Periodontal (Gum) Disease ranges from mild inflammation of the gum tissues to a serious infection that spreads to the jawbone. Because the effects of gum disease on oral health can be devastating, resulting in tooth loss, ongoing research suggests that there’s a strong connection between gum disease and overall health. To better understand, continue reading below.

Beginning as a buildup of plaque along the gum line, Periodontal (Gum) Disease progresses quickly as bacteria interact with acids from foods and beverages. This is why dentists emphasize the importance of daily oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. For plaque that is not removed effectively, it can harden into tartar, which accelerates tooth decay and is difficult to remove. Without question, good oral care, as well as a commitment to regular dental examinations is the greatest defense against the effects of gum disease. Even so, dentists urge patients to consider the important connections between oral health and overall health. Researchers believe that the following health concerns are connected to Periodontal (Gum) Disease:

Heart Disease: When it comes to linking periodontal (gum) disease to heart disease, there’s one culprit in mind—Inflammation. Increased inflammation from infection in the mouth extends beyond the gum line, increasing the risk of clogged arteries in the heart.

Premature Birth: While the link between periodontal disease and premature birth involves a series of complex interactions within the body, inflamed tissues and bacteria in the mouth that reach the bloodstream are believed to target the fetus of pregnant women. The result is preterm labor or low birth weight.

Diabetes: Going both ways, periodontal disease makes it difficult for those with diabetes to control blood sugar levels. This is because periodontal disease causes blood sugar to increase. In a similar way, for those with uncontrolled glucose levels, they are more at risk for developing periodontal disease.

Respiratory Disease: When harmful bacteria from the diseased tissues of the mouth reach the bloodstream, infection can ensue within the lungs. This creates a concern for the development of pneumonia.

Comprehensive Dentistry For Better Oral and Overall Health

Providing comprehensive dentistry for better oral and overall health, Smile Avenue Family Dentistry welcomes you to our practice today. We believe that oral health will directly impact your overall health. That’s why we encourage you to call us today if you’ve missed your last dental appointment. Your mouth provides invaluable insight about your health, and we want you to enjoy a healthy and happy life, for years to come.

Posted on behalf of Smile Avenue Family Dentistry