Neglecting your oral health and the signs and symptoms of gum disease could put you at risk for a variety of health problems. There is a strong connection between heart health and oral health. While the precise connection is still not known, it’s believed that active mouth infections could contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and a plethora of other health problems. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that those with gum disease could be 2 times as likely as those with healthy gums to have heart disease.
Gum Disease Dangers
Bacteria and toxins from an active gum infection could cause significant irritation in your arteries, causing blockages that could impact blood flow and put you at risk for a heart attack. And loosened arterial plaque can also reach your brain, causing a stroke.
Gum disease can start out as gingivitis and worsen over time. Plaque below the gum line is the start of a potential plethora of problems that can range from bone loss, tooth loss, to serious health risks. Gum disease has many systemic links, beyond heart disease and stroke, including:
- Increasing your risk of some kinds of cancer,
- Causing problems with diabetics (or increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes), Pregnancy complications,
- And more.
Good Gum Health Equals Better Overall Health
Here at our Baytown dental clinic, the team works diligently to identify gum disease early. We recommend customized treatment programs for those with early symptoms of gum disease and we can help those with more advanced Periodontitis as well.
Book a Gum Disease Consultation or Gum Assessment with Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, TX
When was your last check-up? Whether you have signs of gum disease (red swollen gums, bleeding gums, or sensitivity), or not feel free to book a consultation or a checkup with Dr. Hutto. Call (832) 514-3922 so we can help you ensure gum disease doesn’t put your health at risk.