The Health Risks of Gum Disease

The Health Risks of Gum Disease

Gum disease affects people over the age of 65. This disease is preventable, if left untreated it can affect the overall health. It not only impacts your gums and teeth but can also lead to serious chronic conditions. There are a few ways that gum disease put overall health at risk.

Diabetes

If you are already diabetic than maintaining your oral health is more important. Such chronic conditions are more susceptible to periodontal disease. If the blood sugar level increases, it is very difficult to control glucose in the blood. It is essential to take extra dent hygiene to avoid this damaging oral health issue.

Pregnancy Complications

Pregnant women are at greater risk for gum disease due to hormone fluctuations. This can lead to “pregnancy gingivitis” which is an infection in the gums.

Periodontitis increases the risk of premature delivery. Visit the dentist regularly to save from gum disease during pregnancy.

Heart Disease

It has been found that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. The reason has not been identified still. It is believed that the inflammation associated with gum disease causes the swelling of the arteries. If oral bacteria make the gum disease bad it enters the bloodstream and attacks coronary arteries.

Respiratory Disease

While breathing, many oral bacteria go into the lower respiratory area. They settle down and cause bacterial infections which leads to pneumonia, emphysema and COPD.

Improper care of immune system results in respiratory conditions and makes you more susceptible to bacteria that might colonize in the lungs. Gum disease can also cause inflammation which not only harms the gums but also the lining of the lungs. This leads to chronic respiratory issues.

It is important to protect oral health in order to maintain overall well-being. Due to the advancement, these diseases can be treated easily if found at early stages.

Brush and floss your teeth regularly twice a day and visit the dentist in 6-months for a regular check-up.

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