WHY GUM HEALTH SHOULD BE ON YOUR MIND
Our teeth are one of the body’s most important tools. Gum health, on the other hand, is often overlooked. Many say that they eyes are the window to the soul, but the truth is, our gums determine the health of many aspects of your body that you might not consider “dental”.
THE IMPACT OF POOR GUM HEALTH
Over the past 25 years, intense research has been done on the connectedness of the gums and other organs in our body. The heart, liver, gut, and even a growing fetus can be negatively impacted by poor gum health. Poor gum health, or Periodontitis can cause atherosclerosis, which is plaque building up in your arteries. As you know, the arteries carry oxygen rich blood to all parts of your body, and if that engine breaks down, bad things can happen. Your liver can be impacted by systemic inflammation and a buildup of bacterial toxins. This again can cause a acute reaction which strains the heart. Your gut also suffers from poor gum health as a bacterial imbalance occurs that sets off a chain reaction to the rest of the body, from your ability to swallow to inflammation. Studies have also shown that these issues with your heart and liver create strain the on a pregnancy and can result in preterm birth, low birth weight, and preeclampsia.
The long term effects of poor gum health is the loss of teeth and the inability to properly eat food. This causes a host of problems for people as they age. One of the most startling figures that researchers have discovered over the past few years is that 40% to 60% of adults have some level of periodontal disease.
So how do you properly take care of your gums? It’s no mystery. Just go back to what you learned as a child.
- Brush your teeth twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste)
- Floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth
- Visit Dr. Scott Condie for a routine checkup and professional cleaning
- Don’t smoke
If you are concerned that your gum health is lacking, let Dr. Scott Condie take a look so he can recommend the right treatment path. In most cases, gum health can be dramatically improved with the right treatment plan.