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Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Blog |

How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Health

How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Health

Gum disease is a serious infection of the gum tissue which can lead to gum recession, tooth loss and bone loss. Although periodontal disease is treatable, it can be a sign of severe health conditions that the affected person may not know about. Keep reading to learn about other health conditions that may accompany gum disease.

Negative Health Conditions that Could Accompany Gum Disease

  • Diabetes
  • A person’s overall health will be affected when their body is unable to regulate its blood sugar level properly. Many patients who are diagnosed with gum disease often experience infections in other areas of their body, and may eventually learn that they are diabetic.

  • Heart Disease
  • Many people who are diagnosed with periodontal disease may eventually learn that they have heart disease. Severe infections of gum tissue may indicate that a patient’s cells are unable to combat bacteria properly, which is often associated with poor cardiovascular health. Gum disease has also been found to cause a release of toxins into the blood stream in some patients, leading to severe health consequences.

Prevent Gum Disease and Other Negative Health Conditions

It is important for everyone to routinely practice proper oral hygiene techniques and visit their dentist for frequent oral health screenings. It is also important to routinely visit your general doctor for routine checkups while also leading a fit lifestyle.

Schedule an appointment at Briggs Family Dentistry for routine oral health screenings and professional treatment.

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