The Dangers of Gum Disease
Posted by DDS Staff on Feb 24 2022, 09:34 PM
When it comes to caring for oral health, some groups of people tend to pay attention only to teeth. However, it is important to pay attention to gums, too. Most people do not realize how the consequences of gum disease affect one's health.
Gum diseases are gum infections that damage gum tissues and bones that support the teeth. When plaque continues to develop on the teeth and gum line, it hardens and results in serious gum diseases.
Generally, gum diseases are controlled by good oral hygiene practices and routine dental checkups. But if left untreated, one could suffer a wide variety of life-threatening conditions which affect the overall health.
Is Gum Disease Linked to Overall Health?
Good oral health is the window to attaining better overall health. Oral health issues such as serious gum diseases could lead to severe health conditions, including diabetes, heart diseases, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, asthma, osteoporosis, and cancer. Inattention to gums can spread disease to the whole smile throughout the years.
Gum Diseases and Diabetes
Gum disease raises your sugar level in the blood and makes it difficult to control diabetes. Bacteria from the infected gums leak into the bloodstream, resulting in the faulty functioning of the whole body. Good oral care is an important part of how well you manage diabetes.
Gum Diseases and Your Heart
Bacteria in the infected gums could seep into the blood and travel through the blood vessels, resulting in inflammation and forming small blood clots. The condition could lead to heart attack and stroke. Poor oral health increases the risk for bacterial infection which spreads in the blood affecting the heart valves.
Gum Diseases and Kidneys
People with serious gum diseases are more likely to be victims of chronic kidney insufficiency. This is a chronic disorder resulting in the slow progression of kidney dysfunction that leads to renal failure.
Gum Diseases and Osteoporosis
Surprisingly, gum disease contributes to bone loss. Gum disease causes infection in the gum tissue and eventually affects the bone structure. There is a clear relation between gum infection and osteoporosis as the bacteria in the gums eat away at bones and connective tissues that hold the teeth. This breakdown of bone density could lead to osteoporosis.
If you are concerned about the complications of gum diseases and planning for a routine checkup, you can reach Dental Design Studios in Gilbert, 2323 E Guadalupe Rd. #101, Gilbert, AZ 85234. Call us to book an appointment at 480-621-5535.