The Oral-Systemic Connection
Science has shown us a close connection between the bacteria in the mouth that causes gum disease and that which causes other non-dental related, systemic health concerns like:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Complications during pregnancy
Essentially, this means that the same bacteria in your mouth that causes the infection known as gum disease can enter your bloodstream and move to other areas of your body and contribute to the inflammation causing these other health concerns and vice versa. Since all body systems are connected, it’s never been more critical to protect your dental health with routine teeth cleanings and checkups.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues and bone that provide support for your teeth. The infection results from bacteria building up and moving below the gumline. If left untreated, the infection eventually destroys your teeth’s support system and can result in tooth loss. Gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
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