Facts About Good Gum Health That’ll Keep You Up at Night
Who doesn’t want to feel healthy and to have a nice smile? Good gum health and general health…did you know the two are very closely connected? By looking after your gums, you are protecting your general health and vice versa. So just what is this connection…
Gum Disease Can affect Your General Health
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can occur if you fail to brush and floss properly. This allows a sticky layer of plaque bacteria, called a biofilm, to build up over the surface of your teeth. Within just a very short while, plaque can harden into tartar which is an extremely hard substance that can only be removed during a professional cleaning. The problem with both plaque and tartar is that the bacteria within them release toxins and it’s these toxins that will begin to inflame and infect your gums. One of the most common side effects of gum disease or periodontal disease is bleeding gums. This symptom has the ability to affect your general health and here’s why.
When your gums bleed they create an open pathway for the bacteria in your mouth to get into your bloodstream. Once inside your bloodstream, these bacteria can travel just about anywhere in your body. This is a problem for your general health, as gum disease is an inflammatory condition, and these bacteria can create new sites of inflammation throughout your body.
Gum Disease and General Health Conditions
The ability of gum disease to cause new sites of inflammation is a particular problem for inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. The presence of these bacteria can increase your risk of developing these and other health conditions, or will worsen any diseases already present. Diabetes is a particularly good example as diabetics are already more at risk of developing gum disease because poorly controlled blood sugar levels can lead to an increase of glucose in saliva. This is the perfect fuel for bacteria, enabling them to thrive and multiply and increasing the risk of gum disease. For a diabetic with gum disease, it can be harder to control blood sugar levels due to the presence of these bacteria within the bloodstream.
Achieve Good Gum Health – Great Periodontal Care
This is where specialized care can really help as an experienced periodontist like Dr. Navid Rahmani can provide the very best level of periodontal care. Having a proper periodontal evaluation can be invaluable if you are more at risk of developing gum disease, or even if you just want to make sure you have good gum health. By carefully evaluating your current gum health, Dr. Rahmani can recommend suitable and highly specialized treatments if required. When caught in its early stages, gum disease or gingivitis is easily curable but it is quite a different story if it is already progressed into periodontal disease which can become chronic. If this is the case, Dr. Rahmani will work with you to provide a suitable treatment plan and it’s likely your periodontal care will be ongoing to help control your periodontal disease and to protect your general health as much as possible.