How Gum Disease Can Affect Your General Health – Elite Dental Care Tracy


24 August 2020

How Gum Disease Can Affect Your General Health – Elite Dental Care Tracy

Have you observed blood on your brush while you are brushing your teeth, biting fruits, or any hard substances? Be alert!!
It is a sure sign of gum diseases, which is a mild form of gingivitis.
If you observe red swollen gums, bad breath, gums smaller than the actual size, or sensitive teeth, identify these issues as the symptoms of gum diseases and get the treatment immediately.
If the gum diseases are untreated, they damage the gum line and get beneath the gums and deteriorate the jawbone resulting in periodontal diseases.

Research says that gum disease becomes advanced if ignored or neglected. Treatment in the initial stages can prevent gum diseases from damaging the tooth or entering into the bloodstream.

What causes gum diseases?
Infection of the tissues due to the formation of a sticky film of bacteria and plaque in the teeth cause gum diseases.
If the bacteria and plaque settled in the teeth are uncleared through brushing and flossing, it hardens and results in sore, bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, which are the symptoms of gum diseases or get into an advanced stage called periodontal diseases.

If the gum diseases are untreated in the advanced stages, the bacteria surpass the jawline and enter into the bloodstream and cause health hazards.
Here are a few insights on the top 5 dangerous health risks due to untreated gum diseases.

  1. Diabetes:

Diabetes shares a bond with poor oral care, says Dr.Singh from Elite Dental Care.
People with periodontitis are susceptible to diabetes and vice versa.
Periodontitis affects the sugar levels in the blood, and diabetes is prone to bacterial infections leading to gum diseases.
As per the case study published in journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, the ratio of people with diabetes affected by periodontitis is 1:5.
Treat your gum diseases in early stages to avoid the bacteria from entering into your bloodstream and alter your blood sugar levels.

  1. Heart diseases:

It’s hard to believe that dental health is related to heart risks. Gum disease occurs due to the accumulation of bacteria, infections, etc. in the teeth. If the gum disease is untreated, the excess bacteria travels freely from the gums to the bloodstream, enters the arteries, and thickens them objecting blood flow and results in atherosclerosis and increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Treat the gum disease, clean the bacteria in the gums frequently, and maintain oral hygiene to avoid gum diseases and heart risks.

  1. Bone loss:

The tooth gets damaged, and dentist advice to extract the tooth/teeth at the advanced stage of the gum diseases. The space left in the extracted tooth is prone to many diseases. Eventually, the jaw bone weakens and
is reabsorbed by the body.
If the jawbone is lost, the sufferers lose their facial shape, and they will have to undergo many complications like inflammation, bleeding, infections that affect their eating and speaking ability.
There are treatments for lost tooth/teeth. As soon as you lose your tooth/teeth, consult your dentist for the replacement of the tooth.

  1. Alzheimer’s and Dementia:

A recent study has recorded that advanced gum diseases cause Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The bacteria travel to the bloodstream through your gums and enters the brain, resulting in the immune response that causes changes in the brain and gradually leads to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Treat your gum diseases in initial stages and maintain oral hygiene for a healthy dentition.

  1. Chronic Kidney disease (CKD):

The bacteria through the gums in the advanced stages of gum diseases travel through the bloodstream and affect the endothelial function of nephrons causing chronic kidney disease.
Research states that gum diseases are one of the reasons to decline the functioning of kidneys if they are untreated in the initial stages and vice versa.
Do not let your mouth dry, as it enhances the bacteria and leads to gum diseases or periodontitis.
Treat the gum diseases immediately after diagnosed to stay healthy.

Gum diseases or the periodontitis affects all the parts of the body gradually if it is untreated in time.
The only solution is – try to monitor and observe your dental health to judge the dental issues and get them treated in time.
Here are a few remedies recommended by The National Institute of Health to prevent oral and overall issues.

  1. Brush twice daily.
  2. Floss regularly
  3. Use fluoride-rich and dentist-recommended dental products.
  4. Schedule regular dental visits for professional check-ups.

On the whole!!
Our body revolves around our oral health. To stay healthy, make it a point in your busy schedule to take proper oral care and treat the oral issues in the initial stages.
Do not neglect or ignore dental health because, from this article, we can see that Oral and the overall health are interconnected deeply with each other.
Oral diseases lead to sickness in overall health and vice versa.
Lead a hygienic life to live a healthy and a happy life!!!