Published: 05/30/2018

Millions of adults in America have gum disease to a varying degree. The early stages of gum disease are known as gingivitis and may not be obvious, while serious cases are referred to as periodontitis. As you worry about your teeth and keeping them healthy, consider the health factors of also focusing on your gums.

Gingivitis can cause bad breath and discomfort, particularly after brushing, but did you know that there are also additional health issues that can come from the disease? Your mouth’s health is linked to the rest of your body, and those with gum disease may be at a higher risk for several serious health problems.

While those with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, it also works the other way around. The two work together and make it difficult to keep the mouth healthy and blood sugar under control. Those with diabetes are also more likely to contract an infection from the bacteria that enters the bloodstream through the gums.

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease

Although experts have not found a direct link between the two, the research indicates that those with periodontal disease are at an increased risk for heart disease. This may be caused by the inflammation of the gums and those with previous heart conditions should be especially careful when undergoing any dental procedure, particularly if they have gum disease.

Periodontal Disease and Stroke

One completed study showed that those with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were more likely to have some type of oral infection, which points to a casual relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.

Additional Problems

Periodontal disease is also linked to some respiratory diseases, kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers and osteoporosis and bone loss. Simply put, caring for the gums is a vital part of staying healthy. If you are concerned about your level of gingivitis and want to speak to a periodontist about treatment options, contact Firewheel Dental Implants and Periodontics to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gandhi today.

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