Untreated Gum Disease Leads to Problems in Other Parts of the Body
Posted on 8/9/2021 by Dr. Boustany
Gum disease is a condition that causes the inflammation of the gums. The condition can progress and affect the bone supporting your teeth. Additionally, gum disease leads to the formation of gum pockets. These spaces are fertile breeding grounds for bacteria and can cause inflammation, tenderness, bleeding, and infections. If gum disease is not treated, it can advance to other parts of the body and cause problems.
The Dangers of Gum Disease To other Body Parts
The bacteria that cause gum disease can easily spread to other body parts through the bloodstream. Some of the common areas where these harmful bacteria could spread include the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system. Furthermore, advanced gum disease could also cause serious problems to pregnant women, as it can cause preterm delivery. Also, studies have shown that gum disease can worsen conditions like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke. Research has also linked advanced forms of gum disease to chronic conditions like lung cancer. When the harmful infection spreads to the lungs, it can contribute to the development of lung cancer.
Therefore, it is very important that you prevent the advancement of gum disease. The best way to do so is by maintaining high levels of hygiene. Therefore, make sure that you regularly brush and floss your teeth. You should also come to our offices for professional oral cleaning. Our dentists will get rid of any plaque or food particles that brushing or flossing missed. It is also important to avoid eating sugary or acidic foods. This is because sugary foods can stick to your gums and increase the risk of gum disease. Besides, acidic foods will weaken the enamel and expose your gum and teeth to bacteria. This increases the risk of gum disease. Visit our offices for diagnosis and treatment of any gum-related diseases.