By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
September 30, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Learn more about how gum disease can be detrimental to your overall health.

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease or you are looking to prevent this condition from happening to you, there are certainGum Disease precautions everyone should take to ensure that they keep their mouths healthy. While gum disease can certainly wreak havoc on your smile, causing both tooth and bone loss, did you know that gum disease also has an impact on your overall health? Whether your Flint dentist Dr. Franklin Gordon, Jr. has diagnosed you with gum disease or not, everyone can benefit from knowing just what gum disease can do to your general health.

Gum Disease and Your Health

Gum disease has been linked to a variety of different chronic conditions. This means that those with gum disease are at an increased risk of developing these systemic diseases:

Diabetes: Those with diabetes are also more likely to develop gum disease. Unfortunately, gum disease can negatively affect blood sugar and cause other diabetes-related complications.

Heart disease: A study conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology found that those who had gum disease were actually twice as likely to develop heart disease.

Respiratory disease: Bacteria that thrive in the mouth can be drawn into the lungs and cause issues such as pneumonia and other respiratory problems. Those with gum disease are more likely to develop these infections.

Osteoporosis: Some researchers believe there is a link between jawbone loss associated with issues such as gum disease and the development of osteoporosis. Since osteoporosis affects bone density those with this condition are also more likely to lose teeth.

Cancer: Research has found that men with gum disease were almost half as likely to develop kidney cancer, over half as likely to develop pancreatic cancer and about 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancer.

“An Ounce of Prevention…”

So, what can you do to prevent gum disease? The best way is to floss every day. Just this simple but often ignored task is one of the best ways to keep gum disease at bay. Of course, your oral regime wouldn’t be fully complete if you don’t brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you are concerned that your oral care routine isn’t up to par then it’s time to talk to your Flint dentist about the ways to up your at-home oral care to prevent gum disease. We can offer some helpful tips for keeping your gums and teeth clean.

Plus, nothing protects your mouth from gum disease like keeping up with those six-month dental cleanings. These visits can tell you a lot about the health of your smile and we can pinpoint potential issues before they become problems. So, if you haven’t been seeing your Flint dental then it’s time you picked up the phone and called our office today!

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