Health Problems Tied To Gum DiseasePublished 05/16/2014
There are many oral problems that can complicate an individual's day to day life, but gum disease in particular can be very difficult to tackle. Besides the fact that gum disease can be very painful, there are more health problems that can result from it.
Gum Disease-A Brief Overview
Gum disease is a potentially debilitating condition that starts with the build-up of plaque and bacteria around the sufferer's gum line. If it is not treated during its early stages, gum disease can cause "pockets" to start developing between the sufferer's gums and teeth. Once this happens, plaque and bacteria can enter the bloodstream. Once the bacteria and plaque make their way into the bloodstream, they can move throughout the body until they finally reach the heart, thereby contributing to the formation of blood clots. Here are some other health problems tied to gum disease:
1. Heart Disease
Although evidence is not conclusive, many researchers and experts agree that there may be a connection between poor dental health that leads to gum disease and the onset of heart disease. Heart disease results from the progression of plaque build-up in the arteries, which constitutes a process of inflammation. Similarly, during the early stages of gum disease, the gums grow inflamed as bacteria takes over the mouth. (This process is referred to as gingivitis).
2. Pancreatic Cancer
Many researchers believe that there is a connection between gum disease and the onset of pancreatic cancer. Poor gum health can precipitate chronic inflammation which can subsequently promote cancer cell growth. In a study on the issue, it was found that people who had pancreatic cancer were twice as likely to have higher levels of antibodies for P. Gingivitis (the bacterium integral to gum disease).
Other potentially debilitating health conditions that are tied to gum disease include Alzheimer’s, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes.
To ensure that you are not susceptible to gum disease and the various health problems it can cause make sure you are aware of the preventive care options available to you. One of the most effective ways to prevent the onset of gum disease is to make regular visits to your family dentist. He or she can provide you with regular, professional teeth cleanings that prevent the build-up of potentially dangerous plaque and bacteria. Additionally, your dentist can provide information and instructions on how to practice excellent dental care at home.
While the list of health conditions tied to gum disease is alarming, practicing preventive care can help avoid gum disease and the potentially problematic conditions it can lead to. If you believe that you or a loved one has gum disease, be sure to consult with a trained medical professional.
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