What Additional Health Problems Can Be Caused by Gum Disease?

Like many diseases, gum disease can affect more than just your gums and teeth. For whole body health, you want to take preventative action, and special care of your gums.

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Health Issues That May Stem From Gum Disease

Our teeth and gums say a lot about our health. When they aren’t in good shape, you may acquire unhealthy symptoms in other areas of your body, and not even realize your unhealthy gums could possibly be contributing to it. Along with gum disease, comes bacteria in your mouth. When you breathe in, guess where that bacteria are headed? You guessed it, into your lungs. Bacteria in your lungs could lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, often referred to as, COPD. As a diabetic, you may be more prone to gum disease. At the same time, you want to be sure to do all you can to prevent it, since gum disease may make it more difficult to regulate your blood sugar.

As we mentioned before, gum disease means bacteria in your mouth. With that bacteria, you are put at a greater risk for heart problems, specifically, coronary artery disease. Although it has not yet been pinpointed as to why coronary artery disease is more likely to happen when gum disease is present, research shows it may be because of the bacteria flowing into the bloodstream and attaching itself to fatty plaques in our arteries. Even our memory could possibly be affected by the bacteria that stems from gum disease. Studies have shown a possible link between dementia and gum disease. The cause may be related to bacteria reaching our brain through the bloodstream.

Take Care of Your Gums

You may not have realized how important your gum health is. Brush properly, and floss daily for better gum health. Our office is here to keep your gums healthy. Call us for an appointment, as a part of your whole-body health.