How Gum Disease Affects Your Long-Term Health

  • By Ryan Mullaney
  • 25 Apr, 2017
Oral hygiene is about more than maintaining pearly white teeth and preventing cavities. The state of your oral hygiene contributes to your overall health. When we fail to take care of our teeth and gums, we are putting our bodies at risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. Periodontal disease is one […] The post How Gum Disease Affects Your Long-Term Health appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.
Oral hygiene is about more than maintaining pearly white teeth and preventing cavities. The state of your oral hygiene contributes to your overall health. When we fail to take care of our teeth and gums, we are putting our bodies at risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses.
Periodontal disease is one such health concern. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory disease. It develops from bacteria present in dental plaque at the gum line. When left untreated, periodontal disease can cause swollen gums, irritation, bleeding, damaged tissue, receding gums, and even tooth loss. According to Colgateprofessional.com , periodontal disease can also exacerbate certain health conditions. The following conditions can become exasperated if you suffer from periodontal disease:

If You Take Medications …

Many medications like antihistamines, painkillers, antidepressants, and decongestants can limit saliva flow. Saliva aids in the process of washing away food particles and helps to neutralize acids left by bacteria deposits in the mouth. Certain medications such as those used to treat high blood pressure can also cause gums to swell and become misshapen, creating the perfect spaces for plaque to build up.

If You Live with Diabetes …

If You are at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease …

Studies show that periodontal disease is linked to higher rates of clogged arteries, strokes, and heart attacks. Gum disease can worsen existing cases of heart disease. Scientists make this association from studies that show periodontal disease increases inflammation in the body which increases the risk of heart disease. A study published on livescience.com suggests that oral bacteria may move into the bloodstream and contribute to plaque buildup in arteries.

If You are Pregnant …

According to WebMD , as many as 40% of women may develop some form of periodontal disease during pregnancy. This can be attributed to hormone changes such as increased levels of progesterone that occur during pregnancy and create a more habitable area for gingivitis-causing bacteria to develop. Women with periodontal disease may experience premature birth and infants with low birth weight as a result of gum disease.
Periodontal disease can be prevented with regular oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. Sticking to a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco use will also help you maintain healthy oral care. Keep in mind that genetics, hormones, certain medicines, grinding, and misaligned teeth are all factors that increase your chances of developing periodontal disease.
 
For more information on oral care or to schedule an appointment, visit Medical Arts Dental .

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