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Untreated Gum Disease Affects Many Parts of Your Body

Posted on 1/20/2020 by office
Untreated Gum Disease Affects Many Parts of Your BodyThere was a time when a cardiologist wouldn't recommend that one of their patients schedule more frequent visits to their dentist to examine for gum disease, but now it is well established that problems with your teeth and gums can lead to problems in other areas of your body, and vice versa.

If you have a medical condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, your risk is greater for developing gum disease, and in turn, problems with your oral health can cause problems with your vital organs, including your heart, lungs, and liver, among other serious health issues.

How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Whole Body

Because your mouth is an integral part of your body and your immune system, gum disease or a bacterial imbalance can create inflammation in various areas of your body, as well as problems with your immunity to illness and disease. In addition, gum disease can put you at a higher risk for certain types of cancer, stroke, and heart disease, among others. Gum disease can even cause complications during pregnancy and may contribute to low birth weight.

Gum disease is caused by an active bacterial infection in your bloodstream, so the bacteria are highly mobile. In fact, there are some types of oral plaque that are the same types of plaque found in the arterial walls of heart patients. Put simply, gum disease slowly poisons your body systems and can erode your overall health.

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

The best thing you can do for your teeth and gums is to brush and floss regularly to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth on a consistent basis. However, all the good oral habits in the world won't make up for an unhealthy body. In order to maintain good oral health, you need to take care of yourself in general, and conversely. Regular visits to our office are also important. Don't hesitate to call our office if you suspect you may have gum disease.
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