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4 Surprising Correlations Between Gum Disease and Other Health Complications

It is finally September, which means it is also National Gum Care Month. It never hurts to learn a little bit about your gum tissue and how it affects other parts of your body. Our dentists see patients with gingivitis all the time, and many people do not realize how serious it can actually be. Gum disease is related to numerous other health problems throughout your body, not just the mouth, so you should have it treated right away before these other problems come up.

 

  1. Diabetes

Diabetes and gum disease work on a two-way street. Diabetes increases an individual’s risk of developing periodontal disease because diabetics are more likely to contract infections in general. Additionally, gum disease can further complicate diabetes because it can increase a person’s blood sugar levels.

 

  1. Heart Disease

Although we are yet unsure as to why gum disease and heart disease are related, a correlation does appear to exist. It is believed this relationship is the result of bacteria entering the bloodstream through the gums and then making its way to the heart. This can lead to complications with the heart as well as worsen existing conditions.

 

  1. Respiratory Problems

Similarly, infections in the mouth seem to be able to make their way into the lungs as well. Bacteria can be inhaled, and if it infects the lungs, it can lead to pneumonia.

 

  1. Osteoporosis

This condition is related to the fact that severe gum disease can deteriorate the jaw bone. This leads to teeth falling out because they no longer have a sturdy foundation to remain in place.

 

Call Us Immediately

We can treat gum disease in Corpus Christi, TX. Take care of your oral health, and your entire body will thank you. To get started on a path of exceptional oral health, contact the office of Dr. Tilman Richards. Our phone number is 361-85-SMILE.

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