Research has shown there is a connection between gum disease and other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory infections. Knowing this, it is easy to understand why keeping your gums healthy may not only keep gum disease at bay, but it may also help manage or prevent other health conditions. Here are a few of the several health problems associated with poor gum health:
Heart disease. Research has found that people with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those with healthy gums. Oral bacteria can enter the blood stream and attach to fatty plaques in the heart’s blood vessels. Clots can block normal blood flow, restricting oxygen required for the heart to function. This can cause a heart attack.
Premature birth. Risk factors like smoking, alcohol, and drugs are known to cause birth issues. Evidence also suggests that gum disease is a risk factor. Pregnant women with unhealthy gums are seven times more likely to have a premature baby or one with a low birth weight.
Diabetes. Diabetics are more likely to have gum disease than those who are not, likely because diabetics are susceptible to contracting infections. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes works both ways – gum disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar.
Bacterial respiratory infections. Bacterial respiratory infections can be caused by inhaling small droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs. These droplets contain bacteria that multiply in the lungs and lead to damage. Research also indicates that bacteria found in the mouth and throat can worsen existing lung conditions.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding gum disease.
Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.