There is much to learn from our mouths….and I don’t mean by listening to what comes out of them! The inside of our mouths can actually act as an illness indicator. Studies have linked oral health with your general health. Periodontal disease, aka gum disease, actually affects your health!!! Bad periodontal health compromises your overall health.
Do you have gum disease? Here’s what you should know:
- Adults with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke
- Inhaling bacteria from the mouth and throat can lead to pneumonia or other lung damage
- Gum disease in adults leads to an increased risk of a fatal heart attack and heart disease
- Bacteria from the mouth may cause clotting problems in the cardiovascular system
- Reduction in bone mass (osteopenia) is associated with gum disease and tooth loss
- Chronic gum disease can interfere with the control of diabetes
- Diabetes can be a contributing factor to bacterial overgrowth in the mouth
- Diabetics that smoke increase their risk of tooth lose by twenty times
- People with type II diabetes are three times as likely to develop gum disease than are nondiabetics
- Women with advanced gum disease may be more likely to give birth to a preterm baby
- Oral microbes can cross the placental barrier, put an unborn child at risk of infection
There are a number of oral care remedies available to help eliminate and cease the advancement of gum disease. Daily brushing alone isn’t enough.
A ritual of using antimicrobial mouthwashes and regular flossing are two easy ways to assist with the good health of your mouth and body…plus of course regular visits to your favorite dentist, Dr. Bernie.