Periodontal health is the health of your gums and dental health is the health of your teeth. As your teeth and gums are literally connected, it may be easy to determine that they have a very symbiotic relationship. Dental issues can impact your gums and issues with the gums can impact your teeth. The link that may be less obvious is the link between your periodontal health and your overall wellness. Periodontal disease has been linked to serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even some forms of cancers. Maintaining the health of your gums can mean maintaining the health of your whole body.
Inflammation and Infection
Periodontal disease causes inflammation of the gums. This inflammation can cause irritation that may lead to infection. Inflammation can trigger issues throughout the body which can lead to heightened risk of inflammation caused diseases like heart disease and arthritis. Infection in the gums can enter the bloodstream and spread infection to other parts of the body. Studies have shown that oral infection is linked to a higher risk of stroke. Patients diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were more likely to have had oral infection.
Gum disease is known to be a common symptom of diabetes because those with diabetes have a higher risk of developing infections. However, some studies have recently shown that gum disease may be a cause in increasing the risk of developing type II diabetes. Periodontal disease affects the way that your body controls blood sugar, and advanced periodontal disease may increase your blood sugar. Increased blood sugar for long periods of time may cause the development of type II diabetes.
Treating Gum Disease Early Decreases Health Risks
Gum disease can be treated early and even reversed. Reversing gum disease lowers your risk of developing systemic problems in your overall health. When caught in an early stage like gingivitis, it is more likely to decrease the risk of gum disease advancing and causing trouble in your health.
Learn more about periodontal health
If you think you may have gum disease, contact Dr. Everett. To schedule a consultation email DrEverett@highplainsperio.com or call 806-686-1262. His office serves the residents of Lubbock and surrounding West Texas communities.