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Links with Gum Disease and Health Conditions

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 10:11 pm.

Dentistry has evolved over the years. Not only has technology become better and treatment easier, but the manner in which we approached it has evolved. It’s not about just treating the problem but asking how and why the dental disease came about and finding ways to prevent it in the future.
As we get older, our health changes and so does our mouth. The nerves in our teeth become smaller making the teeth less sensitive to problems such as decay or trauma. Without regular checkups, cavities or other problems may not be diagnosed until its too late.

Some health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases can piggy back with our ever growing wisdom.

Studies show an association with heart disease and gum disease. One possible explanation is that the bacteria that cause gum disease can release toxins into or travel to the bloodstream and help form fatty plaques in the arteries. These plaque deposits can cause blood clots which can block blood flow. Another explanation is that plaque bacteria can cause the liver to make high levels of certain proteins which inflame the blood vessels that could eventually lead to a heart attack.

Diabetes slows circulation and reduces the body’s resistance to infection. Increased blood sugar in people with diabetes makes them more susceptible to gum disease. Also, the cortisol in gum disease makes it more difficult for someone with diabetes to control their blood sugar. Elevated cortisol due to chronic gum infections continues to increase the blood sugar level in the body and thwarting insulin. The body remains in a general insulin resistant state and puts diabetics at an increased risk for diabetic complications.

Those with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have gum disease than those that don’t. Gum disease and autoimmune disorders have very similar pathologies. Damage caused by the immune system and chronic inflammation are central in both.
Understanding their significance to our dental health can encourage a cleaner healthier mouth year after year. Visit your Dentist for regular checkups ( anywhere from 2 to 4 times a year), maintain a vigorous oral hygiene routine, eat healthy and smile daily. Our teeth should last us a lifetime and lets keep it that way.

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