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Gum Disease

GUM DISEASE: NO BIG DEAL RIGHT? WRONG!

Although many go out of their way to keep their teeth in tip top shape and treasure the benefits of oral care, there is a remarkable amount of individuals who consider teeth, “just teeth”. Therefore, it is not surprising that 78% of Americans have some sort of periodontal (gum) disease. While many would consider this disease relatively harmless,there are numerous reasons to consider it far from it. for instance,  untreated gum disease increases the risk of infants being born prematurely.

Experts also link poor oral hygiene to the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United states; heart disease. Yet another consequence ,those who suffer from diabetes or respiratory disorders are perfect candidates for serious gum infections and their well-being is at a higher risk.

It is fundamental to first comprehend how cardiovascular health relates to the gums. Let’s Focus on those who have serious heart complications such as mitral valve prolapse, aortic stenosis or other valve diseases. If gum abscess is present, it is critical to have dental cleaning since bacteria in the mouth can migrate into the bloodstream. This can happen while teeth are being cleaned or it can proceed from an infection. Fortunately, these “circulating bacteria are usually engulfed and eradicated by your body’s defense system before any damage is suffered. If however bacteria makes its way into the heart, there is a high risk that it will attach to a weakened or abnormal valve which can lead to bacterial endocarditis (infection of the heart). Hence, it is recommended that patients who receive dental care should pre-medicate with antibiotics if they suffer from any of the priorly mentioned conditions.

In comparison with healthy patients, researchers have discovered that those who suffer from periodontal disease  have twice as much probability of falling victim to coronary heart disease. It is proven that Infected gumsleak significantly higher levels of bacterial, pro-inflammatory endotoxins into the circulatory system of those who suffer from severe gum disease, from those who don’t . Circulating bacteria can contribute to coronary heart disease. Buildup of fatty proteins can block the walls of coronary arteries lessening the supply of blood to the heart. In many cases, blood clots form in these narrowed coronary arteries causing lack of proper blood flow which deplete the heart from vital nutrients and oxygen. It has come to the attention of scientists that bacteria found in the oral cavity can attach to these fatty plaques once they have entered the bloodstream making them responsible for clot formation.

Periodontal disease has been considered the sixth complication of diabetes. Undoubtedly, for diabetics gum disease is impossibly ignored. The link between these two diseases has been well-documented. Most of us are familiar with the fact that diabetics are prone to more infections and have a slower healing process. Extensive studies in addition prove that periodontal disease worsens pre-existing  diabetic conditions. Doctors have observed that diabetics require less insulin once their gum condition has been properly treated. Since periodontal disease is a risk factor for the progression of diabetes, physicians should determine the periodontal status of their diabetic patients who have difficulty with glycemic control.

If you are experiencing any discomfort, swelling, bleeding or recession of your gums, make an appointment today for an oral examination.