Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Gum Disease and Health
How much thought do you give to your oral systemic health? Do you consider how the health of your teeth and gums affect your longevity and wellbeing? What many patients often forget is that smile and body health are closely related. Here at Bishop & Bishop Dental, we are working to help all of our patients understand the connection between gum disease and health.
When the teeth and gums are subjected to infection and periodontal disease, they often become inflamed and may easily bleed. Since bacteria thrive in an unhealthy mouth, they can easily travel through the body’s circulatory system and affect tissues elsewhere, including the heart. The same plaque that results from poor oral hygiene and bacteria control can also thicken the walls of the blood vessels and lead to serious health problems. Gum disease can easily progress if the body’s immune system is compromised due to other conditions like diabetes. Patients may develop periodontitis, which results in tooth loss, bone loss, severe gum recession and irreversible damage to mouth.
Your smile and your health are worth protecting and preserving. If it’s been a while since your last checkup or you suspect that you or a loved one may be affected by gum disease, please arrange for an exam with us here at Bishop & Bishop Dental.