Years ago, the idea that poor dental hygiene could lead to serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis may have seemed far-fetched. But today, the link between your gums and your overall health is well documented and backed by robust science.
It’s often said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, your mouth is the window (or the gateway) to your body. Over time, what you eat and drink can affect your overall health, and so can your oral hygiene.
Let’s take a closer look at how gum disease can affect the rest of your body.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a common, but often preventable, condition characterized by infection or inflammation of the soft tissues (gums) and bones that surround the teeth.
In its early stages (called gingivitis), you may experience redness, swelling, tenderness, and bleeding. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis (advanced gum disease). Over time, your gums may start to pull away from your teeth and your jawbone may start to decay.
With periodontitis, you may notice that your teeth become loose or even start to fall out.
Thankfully, this is all avoidable and/or treatable with proper dental hygiene and appropriate dental care.
The dangers of gum disease
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence, little has been done to educate the general public about the risks gum disease poses to your overall health.
Periodontal disease has been linked to:
- Heart disease and heart attacks
- Kidney disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Complications with pregnancy
- Respiratory disease
Symptoms and signs of gum disease
With age, its prevalence only increases. Among adults 65 and older, 70.1 percent exhibited symptoms of gum disease.
The symptoms of gum disease are relatively straightforward. You should visit our office as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
- Red or swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Tender teeth or gums
- Pain while chewing or drinking
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
You may have gum disease and not even know it!
One of the biggest issues with gum disease is it typically does not cause you any discomfort. You will be less likely to think anything is wrong or address any of the other symptoms if it’s not causing you pain. Even though it doesn’t hurt, gum disease can wreak havoc on your dental health and cause big, uncomfortable problems later down the road.
The only way to diagnosis gum disease is through a dental examination. That’s why it’s so important to keep up on your routine dental checkups!
Gum disease prevention is key
In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid the systemic health issues associated with periodontal disease, it’s important to keep up with the following:
- Always brush at least twice a day
- Be sure to floss at least once a day
- Visit us every six months (or sooner if you have any concerns or are experiencing any discomfort)
Avoid the dangers of gum disease with holistic dental care in Mason, OH
At Cedar Village Dentistry, your health and wellbeing are our top priority. We practice holistic care and believe in treating the root causes of your discomfort – not just the symptoms. Our team is dedicated to ensuring your long-term health and comfort with personalized care and high-tech solutions.
Whether you’re suffering from discomfort or just need a routine professional cleaning, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (513) 770-4370 or book your appointment online. We look forward to seeing you!
Dr. Dooley graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Dentistry and went on to complete IV Sedation training at Miami Valley Hospital and a Fellowship at Midwest Implant Institute. As an enthusiastic dentist with comprehensive dental expertise, Dr. Dooley is proud to combine modern techniques and high-tech equipment to provide personalized and comfortable care to his patients