Gum disease is a problem that could escalate, affecting other parts of the body and is linked to the risk of illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes and respiratory problems.
An unhealthy mouth can lead to an unhealthy body and the implications of poor dental hygiene cannot be taken lightly. Each part of your body plays a vital role in its overall operations. If you do not take care of one part, then others may fail to function. In this blog, we will tell you the implications that gum disease may have on your body if left untreated.
Aside from the common cold, gum disease it one of the most common infections that can affect adults. Caused by bacterial build-up, the condition is characterised by the inflammation of your gums and surrounding mouth tissue. If left untreated, gum disease can progress from gingivitis to periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, which can result in bone loss or the health risks mentioned below:
1. Respiratory infections
Plaque contains more than 600 types of bacteria. When it is not removed, this harmful bacteria can pass down your throat and can be inhaled through your lungs. Inhaling bacteria from your mouth can lead to illnesses such as pneumonia.
2. Heart attacks
Bacteria from your mouth which causes gum disease can enter your bloodstream, attaching themselves to your coronary arteries (blood vessels). This can cause your arteries to clot, putting an added strain on your heart and increasing your risk of a heart attack.
Like heart disease, people who suffer from gum disease have an increased chance of suffering from a stroke.
4. Pregnancy risks
Taking care of your teeth while pregnant is just as important as taking care of your body, more so because a pregnant woman is more likely to develop gingivitis due to fluctuations in pregnancy hormone levels, exacerbating inflammation in the gums. If left untreated, gum disease has been linked to an increase in preterm delivery and babies with low birth weight.
Here are a few warning signs of periodontitis that you might want to look out for:
- Red, swollen and sensitive gums
- Bleeding while brushing
- Receding Gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth Sores
- Bad breath
- Pus between your teeth
Brushing and flossing and regular dental check-ups go a long way in preventing gum disease and given the long-term effects of the condition – it is safe to say that prevention is better than cure.
If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, book an appointment with us today so that we can help treat your problem before it escalates.