Gum and tooth ailments can affect more than just your mouth. Many dental problems can wreak havoc on other parts of your body and immune system, requiring urgent medical attention.

Most people don’t even know that have some form of tooth or gum disease until they visit a dentist. Gum disease can begin quite subtly and then escalate into a more serious problem with long-lasting damage to the teeth and gums. Symptoms can range from:
  • Persistent bad breath,
  • Swollen gums,
  • Gums that bleed when flossing and brushing teeth,
  • Sensitive teeth or painful spots on the gums when chewing,
  • Loose teeth, teeth that feel loose after eating hard foods,
  • Persistent headaches and pain in the jaw.
When you notice any of these symptoms, it means that it’s time to see your dentist as soon as possible. Here are a few examples of how dental issues can cause disruptions in your body:
  • Gum disease can increase the risk of head and neck cancer.
  • Cavities are caused by germs and these germs may be spread through mouth-to-mouth contact.
  • Bacteria that is found in the mouth can also find its way through the rest of your body, thus infecting your bloodstream and causing throat and even inner ear issues. This bacteria can also affect heart health.
  • Diabetes that is paired with bleeding gums have the danger of increasing premature death by 400-700%.
  • Pregnant women who have gum disease are more at risk of dying from stroke or heart disease.
  • The progression of Alzheimer’s disease has been linked to dental disease.
  • Chances of pancreatic cancer and kidney cancer can be increased by gum disease.
  • The progression of Alzheimer’s disease has been linked to dental disease.
Dental health and diabetes have quite a strong connection, and this is due to the fact that with bleeding gums, the body’s inability to control blood comes from the body’s incapacity to control insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps convert sugar into energy.

Untreated gum disease can lead to loose teeth and even the loss of teeth, which is very expensive to manage and damaging to self-esteem.

Visit your nearest dentist for a regular check-up or if you suspect any irregularities in your gums or teeth, and ensure that you visit the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup, scaling and polish.

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  • American Academy for oral Systematic Health
  • Mayo Clinic
  • American Academy of Family Physicians

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