The Link Between Gum Disease and Other Serious Health Conditions

added on: August 12, 2013

Aug1-Gum Disease Part 2

Our last blog touched on the basics of periodontal disease, the signs and symptoms, and the importance of getting any questionable areas checked out immediately. Today we’re going to discuss why a quick diagnosis of gum disease at our Tuscaloosa dental office is so important.

Gum disease is a condition that not only affects your mouth; it affects your entire body and overall health. Since gum disease originates in your mouth, the bacteria can be easily absorbed and transferred to other areas of your body through your bloodstream, your lungs, and even through other people. This bacteria can then contribute to several dangerous medical conditions including:

  • Lung Disease

  • Certain Cancers

  • Heart Attacks

  • Strokes

In fact, since higher blood levels of bacteria in the mouth can lead to a build-up of plaque in the carotid artery in the neck, people with periodontal disease are at double the risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke.

Although gum disease is a serious matter that can lead to dangerous medical problems, early detection and an active treatment plan can help stop it in its tracks. This makes keeping regularly scheduled appointments with your Tuscaloosa dentist so important.

If you’ve been experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, or if you’re due for a checkup and periodontal screening, all of us at Riverview Dental Designs in Tuscaloosa would be happy to see you and to perform an in-depth oral examination. Call 205-210-4507 to schedule your appointment with us today! We look forward to seeing you.