The Health Impact of Gum Disease
It’s not uncommon to see a toothpaste or mouthwash commercial mention the dangers of gum disease. You may have heard the subject mentioned during your exam with one of our dentists. But aside from swollen or bleeding gums, it’s extremely important to note that there are repercussions on your overall health if periodontitis (gum disease) goes untreated.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
Oral biofilm that cause gum disease tend to accumulate under the soft tissues, working their way deeper as time goes by. These same bacteria can become dislodged and spread directly into the bloodstream.
As they move throughout the body, they can become lodged in blood vessels, the heart, or brain.
Health Conditions Linked with Gum Disease
When an oral infection is unmanaged, it causes the immune system to be strained — especially if other health conditions also exist — making it even more difficult on your body to improve the problem at hand. Science has shown that the more aggressive a case of gum disease is, the more likely it is to be associated with medical conditions like:
- Heart attack
- Preeclampsia and premature birth
- Infertility (both men and women)
- Alzheimer’s disease
Improving Overall Wellness
In order to control or better manage underlying health issues, the first step may need to be eliminating active infection inside of your mouth. During your trip to Purity Dental, our dentists will show you how to manage your oral health through daily home care and professional cleanings. Once your smile is healthy, your immune system doesn’t have to work as hard to address other medical issues.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of bleeding or swollen gums, or concerned about any possible health conditions linked to gum disease, please feel free to give us a call and make a time with one of our dentists