Gum Disease Linked to Serious Health Problems
When they say that the mouth is the gateway to our bodies, it’s not a joke. Just looking at the health of our gum tissues can be a sign as to whether or not our body is at risk for some serious health complications. Due to the inflammatory process and immune response of our body, swelling and bleeding gums from periodontal disease can weaken the immune system as well as allow bacteria to spread from the mouth into the cardiovascular system.
Proven systemic conditions that are linked to the severity of periodontal disease include:
- Heart attack and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature labor/birth
The more severe the gum disease, the more likely a person is to have a more severe problem with their systemic condition, and vice versa. By controlling gum disease, patients can improve their other conditions as well.
The first step to preventing oral bacteria from entering into the blood supply is to eliminate active gum infections and bleeding. Most of the time, patients with advanced gum disease have large amounts of bacterial plaque and tartar located deep under the gums that cannot be removed with traditional oral hygiene aids. Therapeutic cleanings and maintenance cleanings can help patients gain control over their oral infections, and decrease their susceptibility of complications with other health problems.