Oral and gum inflammation are not only indications of decreased oral health, but they can also affect larger health problems. According to an article on the Mayo Clinic’s website, “Your oral health might affect, be affected by, or contribute to” heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, pregnancy, diabetes, and other conditions.

Heart Disease

No direct link between gum disease and heart disease has been proven yet, but the possibility is always being explored. Inflammatory gum disease may be related to the way bad cholesterol affects the body.  People with periodontitis often have risk factors that not only put their mouth at risk, but their heart and blood vessels, too.

People who smoke, are sedentary, or have problems controlling their weight or blood pressure tend to be candidates for both health issues, so the connection is certainly one worth considering. In addition to a good diet and exercise, like hiking or nightly walks, consider taking good care of your oral health as a part of your heart-healthy routine.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Research suggests that tooth loss – a marker for periodontal (gum) disease – may predict rheumatoid arthritis and its severity. The more teeth lost, the greater the risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Before periodontal disease becomes acute, one major indicator is gum inflammation.

However, the good news is that periodontal disease is treatable with regular dental checkups, oral care, and attention to your health. The earlier you start attending to this kind of discomfort, the greater your chances of preventing serious gum disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease

It may surprise you to find out that oral inflammation is also associated with the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. Periodontal disease can be a factor in how Alzheimer’s Disease develops. This is due to a certain kind of oral bacteria “are implicated in the development of a number of inflammatory pathologies at remote organ sites, including Alzheimer’s disease”.

Top Ways to Prevent Gum Disease:

Make a Habit of Good Oral Care

Make an appointment with your dentist to learn how best to care for yourself, and your teeth, through the years to follow. If you have gingivitis or gum diseases, you need to get your gum disease treated. Call Prosmiles now on (03) 9077 9953 today.

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