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Gum Inflammation Disease Linked to Overall Health of Your Body

Numerous studies have found definitive links between gum inflammation and heart problems, stroke, stomach problems, diabetes, and problems with pregnancy. For years humans accepted that the bacteria in plaque that builds up between the teeth and gums can enter the bloodstream. The bacteria throughout your body can cause other serious health problems.

Furthermore, it is known that these bacteria can attach to the heart or heart valves. Thus creating a serious condition known as bacterial endocarditis. Bacterial Endocarditis is likely to kill you. Gum disease also has been linked to low birth weight babies, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.

Gum Inflammation

Recent research show ideas for why periodontal disease (gum disease) is associated with harmful diseases. Doctors believed bacteria was the leading factor that linked periodontal disease to diseases in the body. However, research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases. However, it does help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

Whether caused by oral bacteria traveling through your bloodstream or gum inflammation due to infection, we know that there is a connection between poor oral health and the following:

  • Diabetes- Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Stomach problems- Premature births or low-birth weight babies- Arthritis- Osteoporosis- Respiratory disease
  • Cancer – oral and other cancers

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Keeping an eye out for signs of gum problems helps you avoid other systemic issues that might develop. Here are symptoms of gum disease to watch out for.

  • Swollen or red gums
  • Gums that are tender or bleed easily
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Areas of gum that appear to be pulling back from the teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Teeth that are loose

The stage of gum disease will determine how you are treated. In all cases, the goal will be to bring your infection under control and prevent further damage.

  • Scaling and root planning: For less severe cases of periodontitis, your dentist will remove infection-causing plaque with a method called scaling and root planing. SRP are essentially a deep cleaning method and it removes bacteria from around the gum line and on the tooth root.
  • Medications: Sometimes antibiotics or antimicrobial medications can reduce the size of gum pockets. These come in the form of mouth rinse, gel, pills, or tiny round particles that the dentist places directly in the pocket.

Dr. Dhawan and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.

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