Health Facts and Oral Health

Dental Federations encourage health professionals to conduct inquiries for symptoms of periodontal disease such as swollen or red gums, or bleeding during tooth brushing; and to educate their clients with diabetes, heart and lung disease about the implications of the condition on oral health.
Many studies have linked oral health to overall health condition.
Recent scientific research has indicated that bacterial toxins that are produced when plaque and tartar continue to build up around and between the teeth can produce an acute or chronic infection of the gums and bones supporting your teeth (periodontal disease) which can lead to mouth pain, abscess and tooth loss.
These bacterial toxins can also enter the bloodstream and increase of the risk of heart disease, stroke, lung disease (such as pneumonia) and diabetes.

People do not always seek the periodontal care they require because they are not aware of the long-term and potentially dangerous implications of untreated gum disease.

 Forgoing good oral hygiene can certainly contribute to the progression of gum disease, but there are a variety of other factors that can also impact your risk. For instance, tobacco use has been shown to greatly increase your chance of developing gum disease. Stress, poor diet, and even genetics, can also play a role in the health of your gums.

STRESS:

Stress may lead an individual to abuse tobacco or alcohol, and to possibly even neglect his or her oral hygiene. These lifestyle choices are known risk factors for the development of periodontal disease, which has been connected to several other chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

HEART DISEASE:

Inflammation is a major risk factor for heart disease, and periodontal disease may increase the inflammation level throughout the body. Both periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are inflammatory diseases, and inflammation is the common mechanism that connects them.

DIABETES:

People with type II diabetes are three times as likely to develop periodontal disease than are nondiabetics. Smokers with diabetes increase their risk of tooth loss by twenty times.

CONCLUSION:

Management of periodontal disease—which affects the gums and other supporting tissues around the teeth—can help reduce the risk of developing heart and lung disease, diabetes and can also help people with diabetes control their blood sugar levels. Everyone should maintain healthy teeth and gums and visit a dental hygienist to avoid periodontal disease.

 

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