How Is Dental Health Connected to Overall Health?

Posted on August 26, 2020

Did you know that the condition of your oral health is related to the health of your whole body? It’s true! Your mouth is often considered a window to your overall health. If infection or disease is present in your mouth, the risk of your oral health being affected is greatly increased! This is especially true for anyone suffering from untreated gum disease.

What is gum disease?

A progressive condition, gum disease begins when plaque buildup on your teeth and gumline harden into calculus. The bacteria begin to infect the gum tissues, causing inflammation and the gums to pull away from the teeth. As more bacteria, infection, and inflammation occur, they irreversibly damage the gum tissues and bone, making it more likely for teeth to become loose or even fall out.

How does gum disease affect overall health?

Gum disease, when left to progress to advanced stages, damages the seal that keeps bad bacteria from spreading, allowing it to enter the bloodstream. Additionally, the chronic low-grade infection of gum disease can aggravate systemic conditions like diabetes. Patients with advanced periodontal disease can experience complications with or increase the risk of blood sugar problems, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, and cardiovascular disease, as well as heart attack and stroke.

Can gum disease treatment help?

Treating gum disease can significantly improve your oral and overall health. The treatment removes all traces of disease by eliminating diseased gum tissues, eradicating bacteria and infection, and repairing lost jawbone. By removing infection and inflammation from the mouth, gum tissues can heal and create the original protective seal around the teeth so bacteria can no longer enter the bloodstream.

 

Schedule Your Consultation

If you think you have symptoms of gum disease, such as swollen gums that bleed easily whenever you brush and floss, don’t wait. Schedule a consultation with your local periodontist today.