Teeth get a lot of attention in dentistry—for good reason. But your gums deserve star treatment too: not only is gum health essential to your oral health, but to your overall well being! Here are just a few ways in which your gums are linked to the rest of your body’s functioning and health.
1. Cardiovascular health: Research suggests a link between gum disease and cardiovascular health. Periodontal (gum) disease can contribute to the development of inflammation and bacterial infections, which can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular conditions.
2. Diabetes management: Gum disease can make it more challenging to control blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes. The presence of gum inflammation can affect insulin sensitivity and lead to difficulties in managing diabetes effectively.
3. Respiratory health: Poor gum health can contribute to respiratory issues such as pneumonia. Harmful bacteria from infected gums can be inhaled into the lungs, potentially leading to respiratory infections and complications.
4. Pregnancy: Pregnant patients with gum disease have a higher risk of experiencing complications. The bacteria associated with gum disease can enter the bloodstream and potentially affect the developing baby.
5. Cognitive function: Emerging research suggests a connection between gum disease and cognitive decline, including conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. The chronic inflammation and infection associated with gum disease may contribute to brain health issues over time.
Keep more systemic risks as well as your general gum health in excellent shape through regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental care. Be sure to check in with us for regular check-ups which can help identify and address gum disease in its early stages, promoting both your oral and long-term overall health!