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24

How Gum Disease Impacts Your Health

Posted in Gum Disease

If you didn’t already know that gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss – that’s not the only problem that it causes. Gum disease is actually linked with many different health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, infertility, obesity, diabetes, and erectile dysfunction…just to name a few!

How is that something in your mouth impacts the other parts of your body? It’s simple: bacteria and inflammation. When bacterial plaque is present under your gumlines, it creates swelling and infection that can spread directly into the bloodstream. The bloodstream then carries the bacteria throughout the rest of the body, sometimes lodging it within the heart and blood vessels. Victims of heart attacks and strokes have been found to have oral bacterial deposits build up within their circulatory system when gum disease was present inside of their mouths.

When the immune system is bogged down with managing inflammation in areas of gum disease, it makes it more difficult to ward off other types of infections. For instance, diabetics often have a difficult (if not impossible) time managing their blood sugar levels when periodontal disease isn’t controlled. This is just one example of many when it comes to being unable to control systemic health problems if you have uncontrolled gum disease.

The first step toward better health is to eliminate your oral infection. See a dentist for a thorough cleaning (or periodontal treatment) to eliminate all bacteria from your mouth. Then, start an efficient oral hygiene program at home and stick to it. It may take up to two weeks before you see improvement in bleeding or tenderness.

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 485-0023

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