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Gum Disease: More than Just an Oral Health Problem

Unfortunately, gum disease is a very common disease across the country. According to the CDC, 64.7 million Americans over the age of 30 have periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease.

Dental Side Effects of Gum Disease

Gum disease can cause some serious damage to your teeth and gums. Some of the most common dental side effects of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth and cavities along the gum line

Non-Dental Side Effects of Gum Disease

The side effects of gum disease don’t stop at the mouth – studies have shown that gum disease can increase the risk of developing other health problems, including:

  • Higher risk of heart disease – Studies have shown that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease than people without gum disease. New studies show that chronic periodontitis can even increase the severity of a heart attack and that periodontitis should potentially be classified as a predictor of heart attacks.

  • Trouble controlling blood sugar
    – There is a definite connection between diabetes and periodontal disease. Research suggests that the connection goes both ways – People with diabetes face a higher risk of developing gum disease because they are more susceptible to contracting infections. On the flip side, severe periodontal disease can cause an increase in blood sugar, making it more challenging for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels.
  • Birth complications – Pregnant women with gum disease may be more likely to go into premature labor, according to one study. The bacteria that causes inflammation in the gums could get into the bloodstream and affect the fetus, which could cause premature labor and low-birth-weight infants.

Ultimately, periodontal disease is an infection that can affect the entire body, including the cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. It is so critical to prevent gum disease, not only for your oral health, but your overall bodily health as well.

Prevent Gum Disease

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The best way to prevent gum disease is to take action now! It is a completely preventable disease, so long as you take good care of your teeth and gums through proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with Dr. Wolink.

Schedule your dental cleaning today by giving our office a call at (440) 888-5055!

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