Gum disease can affect the health of your whole body. Over the years, studies have proven a definitive link between your oral health and your general health. In fact, it has been suggested by medical and dental journals that the closest link to your heart is the health of your mouth! This blog will provide examples of just a few of the health problems that can be aggravated by gum disease or poor oral hygiene.
Heart disease is most common. Those with gum disease may have an increased risk of a fatal heart attack. These patients are more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. This is because a high bacterial load in the mouth gets into the bloodstream and can affect your health by causing clotting problems. Similarly, strokes are also quite common.
The risk of respiratory infections increases with gum disease. Inhaling heavy loads of bacteria in the mouth and throat can lead to pneumonia. All the bacteria and disease simply gets inhaled into the lungs.
Gum disease can also affect diabetic health. Bacterial growth in the mouth is more likely among diabetics. If the diabetic patient doesn’t get regular cleanings, they are 3 times more likely to develop gum disease. This in turn leads to a chronic gum disease which can spiral the diabetes into uncontrolled levels.
Preterm or low birth weight babies. Women with gum disease may be more likely to give birth to an underweight baby. Oral bacteria CAN cross the placental barrier and potentially expose the fetus to infection.
Please don’t ignore your gums. These are just a few of the many potential ways that gum disease affects your health. See your dentist regularly and practice consistent regimens at home. Remember there are many supplemental oral care remedies available such as mouthwashes, flossing regularly, and even medications.