In a word, YES! Gum disease has the potential to increase the effect of some serious health issues. Before you conclude that flossing is only something you should do to impress the dental hygienist, consider some important facts about gum health.
Your Gums Are a Living Part of Your Body
Your gums have sensation – you can feel the bristles of the toothbrush when you brush, and you can sense temperature changes, as well. Your gums are very much alive and fed by a network of blood vessels, just like your skin and muscle. Like other parts of your body, they need maintenance and protection to stay healthy.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease can be defined as any degree of inflammation in the gum tissue caused by harmful bacteria. Gum disease, when untreated, can easily advance to affect the underlying bone. This breakdown can lead to tooth loss.
Also Connected to the Mouth…
…is the rest of your body! Chemicals produced by the body to fight off gum disease can upset the balance of other health conditions. Studies have shown that there is a strong connection between the presence of gum disease and an increased risk of heart disease and uncontrolled diabetes. Pregnant women with uncontrolled gum disease have been shown to be at high risk for delivering low birth-weight preterm babies. Other clinical studies have suggested a strong connection between gum disease and respiratory infections, particularly among residents of long-term care facilities. This suggests that pathogens in the mouth can affect the rest of your body simply by inhaling them.
Ask your dentist about the status of your gum health and how you can lower your risk for gum disease.
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