The human body is an amazing system of connections, nerves and muscles and tissue. What affects one part of the body often affects the rest of the body, too. It’s easy to dismiss small warnings about your dental health, but not forever. At Busk Family Dental in Wenatchee we’re dedicated to supporting a healthy smile to benefit your whole-body health.
Are You At Risk For Gum Disease?
Recent research indicates that the main factor linking gum disease to other diseases in the body is inflammation. Gum disease, which often reveals itself as gums that bleed when brushing, is a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that causes inflammation in the gums. Once symptoms of gum disease begin to show, the care of your local dentist is highly encouraged.
Systemic Health Risks of Gum Disease
Did you know, people with gum disease are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease? Researchers theorize that the bacteria in your mouth enters your bloodstream, attaching to the fatty plaques in your heart’s blood vessels. This increases your risk of clots that may trigger heart attacks. It can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.
If you are pregnant, we recommend visiting the dentist for a checkup. Not only are women who are pregnant more at risk for periodontal disease as the hormones in the body change, but pregnancy with gum disease can increase risks of low birth weight or premature births.
Risks of Cancer
According to The American Academy of Periodontology, men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.
Diabetes & Blood Sugar
Gum disease can increase your risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It has also been researched to have a high correlation between diabetes and periodontal disease, as gum disease increases the difficulty of controlling your blood sugar.
Did You Forget to Brush Today?
The sticky plaque that accumulates in the pockets between teeth and gums, and under the gum line, can contain hundreds of species of bacteria. Skipping brushing and flossing or neglecting your dental visit allows bacteria in the mouth to sit and develop, which may irritate the gums and trigger an inflammatory response throughout the body: a recipe for gum disease.
Good Health Is Closer Than You Think
At Busk Family Dentistry, we believe that patient education is a crucial element of our treatment process. We believe that with gentle dental care and preventive dentistry, healthy gums and teeth equal a happy and healthy body.
Periodontal Care In Wenatchee
Treating gum disease may be easier than you think, but you’ll want to schedule a visit with your dentist, who has access to the tools and methods necessary to help. Using advanced methods in thorough dental cleanings or a gum care process of scaling and root planing, we’re able to treat gum disease at the source to help you recover sooner.
Remember, the small steps you take at home can make the biggest difference! A diligent brushing and flossing routine can prevent and treat gum disease, keep your health in optimal condition, and reduce the risk of future health issues.
Curious about dental health or gum disease symptoms? Call us at (509) 662-8156 for more information. We’re dedicated to providing gentle dentistry in our Wenatchee community and nearby.