Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health
The Red Flags of Gum Disease:
• Bleeding gums after brushing
• Gums bleeding after flossing your teeth
• Sore, shiny red or puffy gums
• Wobbly and/or loose teeth
• Gum tissue pulling back from teeth
• Never-ending offensive breath (halitosis)
• Pus or white film at the gum line
• Pain when biting down or chewing
• Noticeable changes in your bite
• Spaces that have appeared between teeth
• Finding food packed up in your gums
Periodontal disease, usually called gum disease, is an insidious infection involving more than five hundred species of microscopic organisms in your mouth that are known to also infect your body’s vital organs.
The CDC estimates that, over 60,000,000 people in the U.S.A. exhibit signs of periodontal (gum) disease, a slowly-developing bacterial infection affecting the gums and bone supporting the teeth. When gum disease advances, waste products from the bacteria attack the gum tissue. Soon, your gum tissues are breached and bacteria are free to enter your body’s circulatory system. These circulating bacteria trigger an inflammatory reaction throughout the body. For seniors, children and anyone with a weakened immune system, this added burden might be the element with a cumulative effect on their pre-existing medical conditions.
Research results also show that any treatment you are receiving for a variety of health conditions like cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease such as emphysema or COPD, diabetes, knee replacement, kidney failure, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and, finally, pregnancy might be hindered by germs from gum disease.
Gum Disease Now Shown To Contribute To Diabetes
Elevated bacterial and/or viral diseases result in an increase in the body’s ability to withstand insulin, which messes with your blood sugar control. If you have diabetes, further infection makes insulin resistance worse and significantly worsens their ability to keep their blood sugar regulated. Gum disease and diabetes have a complex interaction. Every diabetic should have a thorough oral health examination. On the other hand, the same advice goes to those with periodontal disease. If you have periodontitis, you should be very watchful for signs of diabetes.
Did you know:
• The American Diabetes Association states periodontitis causes diabetes.
• Bacterial substances that induce inflammation invade the bloodstream and increase insulin resistance.
• Adults with periodontal disease are 200% as likely to have insulin resistance.
• When Type II diabetics also have elevated gum disease, they are seven times more likely to die.
Dr. Peck Is Now Advise Saying, “Ahhh” To Stop Heart Disease
By allowing Dr. Peck to help prevent periodontal disease, you are saying, “No” to developing cardiovascular problems.
Dr. Peck cites dental research that has revealed that men and women with gum disease are more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease than those who don’t. Researchers believe that bacteria shed by advanced oral infections can spread through the bloodstream and have a contributing effect on disease in the heart and other parts of the body.
Over the last ten years, a number of studies have found that there is a strong link between periodontal disease and coronary heart disease. One result of unchecked periodontal disease is the loss of teeth. When gum disease gets bad enough, your teeth will fall out.
Scientists in Finland looked at the correlation between the number of missing teeth in a person and the rate of diagnosed heart disease in the group. They looked at 1,384 men aged 45 to 64 years. The researchers discovered that those men with a higher number of missing teeth from sustained oral infections resulting from periodontal disease also had a greater likelihood of having heart disease. Their conclusions? Gum disease has been found to increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 25 percent. It increases the likelihood of having a stroke by 1000%.
Gum Disease Get’s Into Your Lungs
According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with chronic periodontal disease are most often affected by pneumonia. So, treating gum disease is the first step to lowering your odds of getting pneumonia again this year.
What This All Means To Dentists
In the past, dental professionals vowed to save your teeth through regular dental care. From now on, there is a broader dimension to dental care. If you have an inflammatory condition like periodontal disease, you are more at risk for more serious systemic problems, whether it’s heart problems, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis. From now on, as we manage the health of your teeth, we aren’t just saving your teeth, which in itself is a very good objective, we might just be saving your life as well.
Dr. Peck concludes, “It is no longer good enough to just be aware of trouble spots in the gums. Given this new research, eradicating gum disease will become a top priority for preserving and improving our patients’ overall health and their enjoyment of life. To be exact, our patients will not be totally healthy unless they are periodontally healthy.”