Tooth decay and cavities are a serious oral health concern but did you know there are even more dangers to be aware of then you might have thought? Gum disease is a fully preventable disease of the mouth that the CDC estimates at least 50% of the adult population suffers from. When gum disease is diagnosed early, it can be easily treated without causing permanent damage.
The sad news is that most people don’t notice the warnings signs of infection early enough to seek treatment. Also, many people who may notice signs don’t understand the dangers they face if gum disease is left untreated. Weston Dental Office wants to educate you on the dangers and potential health complications of untreated gum disease.
Gum disease is an infection that develops due to flossing and brushing that is ineffective. This results in plaque left on the teeth that will calcify and convert into tartar. This can occur when a person doesn’t brush their teeth and their oral hygiene becomes at risk. Dangerous bacteria live in tartar that infects the gingival tissue of the gums. Unless there is a quick treatment, pockets will develop in the gums where more bacteria will grow.
As the bacteria persists, it will eat away the structures that give your teeth support which will result in loss of teeth and bone in the jaw. The bacteria is also able to enter your blood which can cause a variety of secondary health concerns.
Health Risks of Gum Disease
Gum disease has been linked to several different health conditions in adults of all ages. First of all, it has been linked to heart disease as it causes inflammation in the body which can have a harmful effect on organs over time. Inflammation can affect your heart and increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, strokes and heart attacks.
Alzheimer’s disease is also linked to gum disease. The bacteria cause beta-amyloid to build up which is one of the main indicators of a neurological condition. Studies have shown that a high percentage of Alzheimer’s have gum disease bacteria in their bodies.
Gum disease has also been proven to link to pancreatic cancer and can even cause respiratory distress. Patients who suffer from diabetes are at an increased risk of developing gum disease as well as controlling their diabetes once the infection has taken hold.
How Can I Avoid It?
The best way to promote a healthy mouth is by paying special attention to your oral hygiene. That means brushing and flossing on a daily basis and staying active with your Toronto dental cleaning by visiting your dentist every 6 months for deep cleaning. If you happen to notice bleeding or swollen gums make sure to inform your dentist right away.
How Weston Dental Office Can Help
Here at Weston Dental Office, we are dedicated to providing the best oral health care services in the metro area to each of our patients. We offer a wide range of services for adults and children alike to keep smiles bright and healthy. If you are looking for more information about how to improve your smile or if you just want to schedule a check-up, give us a call at (416) 247-1928 now.