How Gum Disease Can Impact Your Health
Taking care of your teeth isn’t just about having a pearly white smile and pleasant breath. There has been research proving a connection between your dental health and overall health. Daily brushing and flossing can keep gum and periodontal disease at bay, but for those that still suffer from gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis, there may be hidden dangers. Here are a few of the ways that your dental health can be indications and connections to other health concerns. Gum disease and periodontitis can put you at greater risk of infection that can damage the teeth at varying levels. This infection can start in the gums and teeth and can move to the jaw and bone causing irreversible damage. Gum and mouth disease have been linked to health concerns such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy complications due to the increase of inflammation and bacteria caused by the gum disease affecting the rest of the body. Gum disease is a serious concern: affecting 1 in 7 people between the ages of 35-44 and that jumps up to 1 in 4 by the age of 65. The 20-30% of seniors that suffer from gum disease potentially face losing their teeth due to periodontitis.
The symptoms of gum disease start off rather innocuously and include swollen or red gums, gums that bleed easily, chronic bad breath, tooth sensitivity and in severe cases, loose teeth and the appearance of the gums pulling away from the teeth. The best way to prevent gum disease are common parts of a standard health care routine including regular dental checkup and cleanings, flossing, daily teeth brushing with fluoride toothpaste, replacing your toothbrush every three to four months, eating a healthy diet, limiting your intake of sugary drinks and avoiding tobacco products.
If you’re worried about how gum disease can affect your health: call Dr. Cash’s office to schedule your next dental appointment.