Gum Health: It Impacts More Than Your Smile

Gum disease, also knows are periodontitis or periodontal disease, can be a very serious condition that not only affects your mouth but your body in general.

 

The Systemic Health Risks

  • Studies have shown that gum disease can lead to heart disease. The bacterial infection in your gums gets into your bloodstream, which can lead to blood clots that cause you to have a heart attack or increase your risk of stroke.
  • Diabetics are also at a high risk of developing gum disease. As such, those with diabetes should take extra precautions in caring for their teeth and gums.  Gum infection makes it harder for these individuals to keep their blood sugar under control, which in turn affects their oral health. The two go hand in hand.
  • Women with gum disease have even been shown to take longer to conceive versus women with healthy gums.  They are also at a higher risk of having a premature birth.  During pregnancy, your gums may become more inflamed than usual, so it is important to see your dental care provider during your pregnancy in order to maintain optimal dental health.  Centre for Dentistry is here to help answer any questions you may have regarding your gums and give you tips for a healthy smile throughout pregnancy.
  • There is also some research that suggests gum disease can lead rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and lung cancer.

 

A Healthier Life is a Dental Checkup Away

You can see that your gums play a large role in your overall health.  Start today by taking steps to care for yourself better.

Proper brushing techniques, flossing and regular dental cleanings play a large role in good gum health.  Undisturbed plaque buildup leads to periodontal disease. The professionals at Centre for Dentistry in Brighton and Ferntree Gully of Victoria are here to help you ensure proper gum health.  Call us today to schedule your appointment.