Gum Disease & Overall HealthMany patients take great care to keep the teeth and gums healthy and clean because it helps them to maintain an attractive smile. However, good oral hygiene is far more important than aesthetics alone. When bacteria are able to multiply around the teeth and gums, there are serious consequences to a patient’s oral health.
What begins as mild decay can quickly progress to more serious oral health problems such as cavities, tooth damage, root canal infections, tooth loss, and gum disease. What’s more, oral health problems, and gum disease in particular, have been shown to have effects on a patient’s overall health as well. Dr. Clint Newman understands the connection between oral health and overall physical health, which is why, as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Newman creates comprehensive treatment plans that improve a patient’s overall health, and lessen the negative effects of gum disease on overall health.
The Effects of Gum DiseaseGum disease is an oral health problem that develops when large amounts of bacteria are present in the mouth. This bacteria develops into plaque and tartar, which builds up around the teeth and gums, eventually working its way beneath the gum line. As a result, the gums may become tender and swollen, and they are likely to begin to pull away from the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease will continue to deteriorate the health of the gums and will eventually lead to tooth loss. While these are some of the devastating effects that gum disease has on a patient’s oral health, there are studies that show that gum disease also has negative effects on a patient’s overall physical health. In recent studies, it has been shown that patients who suffer from gum disease are at an increased risk of experiencing the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Certain cancers