3 Ways that Gum Disease can put your Health on the Line

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Gum disease is an oral health condition that begins from an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth, which usually is due to poor oral hygiene. But, even those that brush and floss as recommended by their dentist may still develop gum disease to some degree, especially if they are not visiting their dentist regularly for routine checkups and cleanings. Sadly, more than half of adults over age 30 have gum disease, and many are completely unaware that they even have it! Since gum disease can be managed with proper oral care and professional dental treatments, you shouldn’t ignore if it if you have this condition. Here are three ways that gum disease can put your health on the line. It may make you rethink skipping your dental appointment! While these health risks associated with gum disease may sound far fetched, they are grounded in scientific evidence and medical research.

  1. It can increase your risk of heart disease

According to Harvard Health Publishing, people with untreated gum disease have a two to three times the risk of developing heart disease, having a stroke, or other cardiovascular events. The connection between heart disease and gum disease is chronic inflammation. Gum disease, which is essentially a bacterial infection in the gums, causes chronic inflammation, which adds strain on the body’s natural defense mechanism. You may not be able to feel this strain, but your heart sure does. Long-term chronic inflammation is the key contributor to heart disease. While there certainly are other contributing factors to heart disease, keeping your gums clean should be on your list of to-dos right along with hitting up the gym and exercising for 30 minutes every day.

  1. It can increase your risk of diabetes

The American Dental Association published an article that talks about how untreated gum disease can increase blood sugar levels, which is the basis for diabetes. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. And, if you are a diabetic that consequently has gum disease, you have to be extra diligent about keeping your teeth and gums clean. However, just like with cardiovascular disease, keeping your mouth clean isn’t the only thing that will protect you against developing diabetes. But that simple two-minute regimen twice a day will definitely help lower your risk of developing diabetes down the road.

  1. It can increase your risk of dementia

As of 2012, there were 35.6 million people worldwide living with dementia, according to a study published by the World Health Organization (WHO), and that number is expected to grow threefold by 2050. Furthermore, researchers suggest that the expected growth could be reduced by as much as 20% just by addressing the issue of periodontitis. Gum disease is caused by bacteria, which is toxic to the body. These toxins eventually make their way into the bloodstream by way of the gums as the disease worsens. If allowed to progress, this bacteria may destroy the jawbone and cause significant tooth loss. There has yet to be a direct link proving that periodontitis actually causes dementia. However, there is a link between the two because a new study discovered periodontitis bacteria in the brains of dementia patients.

These findings can be quite startling. But, treating gum disease can be easy and successful with the help of an experienced periodontist in Bellevue, and with patient compliance. If you would like to learn more about how Spektor Dental treats gum disease or to schedule a consultation, just call (425) 454-1322. Our dental office is conveniently located in Bellevue near Newcastle and Medina.