The health of your mouth is linked to the health of your body

Preventing heart disease can be as simple as cleaning your teeth every day. More and more research illustrates that periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is linked to many other health problems. That’s why The Dental Medical Convergence is raising awareness about the importance of oral health.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a serious gum infection that can lead to tooth loss. It’s also a risk factor for heart and lung diseases and increases your risk for diabetes, pregnancy complications, and dementia. Gum disease has no pain.

How gum disease begins

If you’re not cleaning your teeth properly on a regular basis, bacteria build up inside your mouth, mostly along your gum line. This forms tartar. Brushing and flossing alone won’t remove tartar. Dentists have the right tools to help clean tartar, but if it isn’t taken care of in a timely manner, it can lead to an infection. This is the beginning stage of gum disease.

Risk factors associated with gum disease

Untreated gum disease leads to a greater risk for developing coronary artery disease. That’s because bacteria from the mouth releases toxins. These toxins can get into the bloodstream and cause inflammation in the arteries, which can lead to a blockage. Blockages increase the chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

If you have diabetes, gum disease can make it worse by raising your blood sugar levels.

Pregnant women with gum disease are exposed to greater risk of delivering premature and underweight babies.

Preventing and treating gum disease is critical to maintaining the overall health of your body. Thorough dental exams give your dentist a chance to identify gum disease. Your dentist can also thoroughly clean the pockets around your teeth and help you come up with a treatment plan to prevent further progression of gum disease. If your dentist tells you that you have gum disease, it’s important to share that information with your primary care physician. Your doctor can help you identify any ways the disease may have spread to other parts of your body and develop a treatment plan if necessary.

Preventing gum disease by properly cleaning your teeth every day could save you from devastating health problems in the future. The Dental Medical Convergence is on a mission to provide you with all the latest research and information you need to care for your teeth and prevent future health problems. Follow us on Facebook to learn all this information.

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