We sometimes forget when we visit different health care providers that our health is based on a holistic picture – what we do for one part of us can affect another, either for the good or bad.
The condition of our oral health is strongly tied to our overall wellness. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that has been shown to adversely affect our overall health. If left untreated, this inflammation can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, causing inflammation in other parts of your body.
- People with gum disease were twice as likely to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to die from a stroke as those without gum disease. This might be linked to the increased inflammation and infections that come as a result of poor dental care.
- There is a reciprocal relationship between gum disease and diabetes – diabetes lessens the body’s ability to resist infection and people with gum disease have a harder time controlling blood sugar levels. When you treat one, symptoms of the other lessen.
- Numerous studies show premature birth and low-birth-weight babies have been connected to gum disease in the mother.
That is why it is so important to maintain good oral and dental health. If you brush, floss, eat a healthy diet, don’t smoke, and follow a regular check-up schedule, you lessen the chances of bacteria affecting your teeth and causing gum inflammation and tooth decay.
Note: Information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified dental and medical health providers with questions you may have regarding your specific dental or medical conditions.