Can Gum Disease affect Overall Health?

Posted by OC Advanced Periodontics on May 11 2022, 08:17 AM

Can Gum Disease affect Overall Health?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that causes tissue damage. The infection starts when bacteria in plaque buildup causes inflammation of the gum tissues. The bacteria also travel through the bloodstream, affecting other areas of the body. Plaque is made up of bacteria, mucus, and food particles. If plaque isn’t removed by brushing or flossing, it hardens into a substance called tartar or calculus. This type of buildup irritates the gums, causing an infection. The infection leads to a chronic inflammatory response, and, over time, the body’s immune system starts to attack the structures that support the teeth.

Gum disease has been linked to a number of whole-body health concerns. In fact, it’s been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, heart attacks, stroke, low birthweight babies, and premature babies. It can also contribute to complications with diabetes. Research suggests that gum disease may contribute to a low-grade systemic inflammation that increases your risk for a number of chronic and serious diseases.

What are the effects of gum disease?

Gum disease is a common oral health problem. In fact, 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease. However, some might not realize they have it. This is because it often occurs under the gums. If gum disease is left untreated, it can cause oral problems. It can also contribute to other health issues such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Premature birth

How is gum disease treated?

Gum disease is treated by undergoing a professional dental cleaning. This cleaning will gently remove built-up plaque and tartar from all surfaces of the teeth. A dentist or dental hygienist may also recommend other treatments for gum disease, such as antibiotics that target the harmful bacteria from gum infections.

How can gum disease be prevented?

The best ways to prevent gum disease include brushing and flossing after meals and before bed. It is also important to visit your dentist regularly for routine cleanings and checkups.

How can I tell if I have gum disease?

There are a few symptoms that can indicate gum diseases, such as

  • Swollen gums
  • Red or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to schedule an exam with your dentist as soon as possible.

OC Advanced Periodontics is the right place to resolve your dental problems. We are located at 1076 E 1st St STE F, Tustin, CA 92780. Contact us at (714) 730-7877 or visit our website to book an appointment with us. 

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