The Link between Gum Disease and Overall Health

How Preventing and Managing Gum Disease Contributes to Overall Health

We’ve been taught since childhood that our oral health is important to maintaining a strong and beautiful smile. What you may not realize is that the condition of your gums can also affect other aspects of your health, making a significant impact on your overall wellbeing? Science has linked gum (periodontal) disease to several other systemic major health issues, which can significantly impact your quality of life.

Diabetes

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, and in turn, gum disease in those with diabetes or pre-diabetes can exacerbate their conditions.  Scientists believe that gum disease and diabetes are linked because people with diabetes are more likely to have infections than the general public. If you have or are at risk of developing diabetes, keeping your gums healthy through regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits should be part of your total health plan to avoid potentially serious complications.

Heart Disease

Though research hasn’t yet conclusively proven that gum disease causes heart disease, it is a risk factor, meaning that if you have gum disease, you are more likely to develop heart disease. Most doctors believe that inflammation of the gums can make heart disease worse. Some research also indicates that gum disease may be a contributing factor to strokes.

Respiratory Disease

If you have gum disease, you have potent bacteria living in your mouth just a few short breaths away from traveling to your lungs. Once bacteria is in your lungs, it can cause respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia. Respiratory illnesses are dangerous for everyone, but they can be especially perilous for the very young, very old, and those with compromised immune systems.

Healthy Gums and Healthy Bodies

If you want a long-lasting, smile full of healthy, white teeth, taking care of your gums is a necessity, but the brilliance of your smile isn’t all that is at stake. If you have diseased gums, you are more likely to have poor health, so be proactive and protect yourself against gum disease through a proper oral hygiene routine. Dental visits are of special importance because most people who have gum disease are not aware of it because early periodontitis doesn’t always present noticeable symptoms. Regular dental checkups are an essential part of your overall health plan.

Call to Learn More about the Importance of Healthy Gums, in Denver or Centennial, CO

If you’re hoping to boost your overall health by maintaining a healthy smile, schedule an appointment with Denver periodontist, Dr. Brian Gurinsky today. Our team is ready and waiting to help you achieve ideal oral health and overall well-being!

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