If you are like many people, you probably think seeing your dentist regularly will help you maintain good oral health. If so, you might be surprised to learn that your oral health has a great deal to do with your overall health, as well.
Recent clinical research studies have shown a strong connection between periodontal disease and more serious health problems throughout the rest of your body. Despite your best efforts at home with a toothbrush and floss, there’s only so much bacteria you can remove from under your gums. As bacteria continue to multiply under your gums, they can colonize and form soft plaques or hard calculus (formerly called tartar) under your gums. This bacterial infection causes facial bone loss and periodontal disease has been shown to be a contributing factor in adult-onset diabetes, preterm delivery, babies and severe heart conditions.
Researchers have linked periodontal or gum disease to diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, asthma, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, stroke and even cancer.In fact, more than 120 health conditions have been associated with dental problems.
Gum Disease Can Cause A Heart Attack, Diabetes And Premature Birth!
Gum disease is that serious, not just for your oral health, but your overall body health, too. The same bacteria that cause periodontal disease can spread throughout your body and affect your vital organs and bodily systems. The connection between gum disease and diabetes is strongest because diabetics generally have poor healing capabilities because their immune systems have been compromised.
This is a form of glucose-linked hemoglobin used to measure how well diabetes is being controlled. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the relationship between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street. Periodontists can affect blood sugar control, and diabetics may be more susceptible to bacterial infection which then leads to gum disease.
Then there’s heart disease. It is possible for bacteria in infected gum tissue to enter your bloodstream and travel to other parts of your body through your circulatory system, causing inflammation and arterial plaque. Additional research published in 2010 found strong evidence that systemic inflammation caused by oral bacteria plays a role in the development of atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries that supply blood to other parts of your body.
If it’s not treated early enough, periodontal disease can permanently damage your jawbone and cause you to lose teeth. However, if we do catch it early and you are committed to treating it well at home, we can usually limit periodontal disease, especially gingivitis, very effectively. Periodontal disease has stages, starting with gingivitis, a milder bacterial infection.
Gingivitis is a very early, reversible stage of gum disease. If you have red gums that bleed easily, signs of gingivitis, you should see your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. Bacteria under your gums can produce a chronic, low-grade infection. If gingivitis is not addressed early, it can progress quickly to the next stage of gum disease, periodontists. Your dentist or periodontist may recommend treatments such as root planning and deep scaling to remove as much bacteria as possible and help bring your gums back to health. Advanced periodontists causes loose teeth, often with pus around them and extreme inflammation. The long-term prognosis for these teeth is very poor.
What If Periodontists Cannot Be Treated?
Sometimes, advanced periodontal disease cannot be treated, and those loose, infected teeth simply must be extracted, though we can sometimes save your teeth using a combination of surgery and medications.
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