Three Health Conditions Linked with Gum Disease

Woman with gum disease having heart trouble

Did you know that if you’re not brushing and flossing thoroughly, you could be impacting your overall level of health? Although there are dozens of known medical conditions now linked with gum disease, here are some of the few that most commonly impact our Mooroolbark patients:

 

Diabetes

 A diabetic is extremely susceptible to uncontrolled glucose levels if they are also suffering from gum disease. The severity of one often goes hand-in-hand with the other.

Unfortunately, it’s extremely challenging (if not impossible) to regulate blood sugar if there’s an active oral infection co-existing. The easiest way to get both under control is to treat the periodontal infection and practice good oral hygiene, to see a reduced strain to the body overall.

 

Preterm Labour

Plaque biofilm can spread from the mother, through the placenta, to the baby. When a pregnant woman has active gum disease, she’s significantly more likely to experience:

  • Premature labour
  • Preeclampsia
  • A baby with a low birth weight

Like smoking, periodontitis is a significant risk factor for pregnant women and their babies. Treating gum disease before or during pregnancy can reduce the risks to your child.

 

Cardiovascular Disease

Inflammation of the gums in gingivitis and periodontal disease causes an increase in the total inflammatory burden in your body. This has been linked to atherosclerosis, or thickening of the blood vessels which is directly responsible for an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes. Removing plaque and calculus will reduce the amount of inflammation, and hence the risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

Gum Disease Therapy in Mooroolbark

Eternity Dental offers non-surgical and therapeutic periodontal care to help you eliminate active gum infections and boost your immune system’s response to other health problems. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as swollen or bleeding gums, or notice gum recession and tooth mobility, it’s time to give our Mooroolbark dentist a call.