Gum disease should be taken seriously as your teeth and gums are just as important as the rest of your body. However, if you practice poor oral hygiene, your gum disease could be playing a deadly game with your overall health.
According to WebMD your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body and if you do not brush twice, floss once each day, eat a healthy diet and schedule regular dental checkups with your dentist, you could be a ticking time bomb.
Heart Disease and Stroke
If your gums are inflamed you are at greater risk when it comes to heart attacks, congestive heart failure and stroke. Your dentist explains that swollen and sore gums are two signs of gum disease. Gingivitis, the less dangerous form of gum disease causes tender, red, painful, and bleeding gums, while periodontal disease eventually leads to pus-infected pockets between your teeth and gums.
What’s the Link?
Inflammation and swelling can lead to atherosclerosis, hardening of your arteries. If your arteries are hardened it makes it more difficult for the blood to get to your heart putting you at risk for both heart attack and stroke. People who suffer from periodontal disease are allowing dangerous bacteria to get into the blood stream. Your gums are loaded with tiny blood vessels. Add the bacteria in your mouth to your periodontal disease and you could cause blood vessel damage including the vessels in your heart.
Streptococcus sanguis is a dangerous bacterium that is found in patients suffering from periodontal disease. Streptococcus plays a major role in stroke and can spread to your heart. Less gum disease means less bacteria in your blood vessels and your heart.
If you have swollen, red or bleeding gums, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist who can get rid of your gum disease and help gums become healthy again.
Don’t risk it, call or click and talk to your dentist today.