Did you know that those with good oral health may have better overall health? How so? Well, studies suggest that patients with periodontitis (which is untreated gingivitis that transitions into ongoing inflammation ) may be at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
Pregnant women with gum disease may be more prone to pregnancy diabetes, premature birth, and low birth weight babies.
People with diabetes, HIV and those who smoke, have a greater risk of developing periodontal disease.
How might it happen?
Periodontitis does not cause heart disease or stroke or any other health issues, but the bacteria and chemicals made by the bacteria in the mouth can travel through the bloodstream to different parts of the body possibly causing inflammation. Research is still being done to see how these things relate. It is possible that keeping your mouth and gums healthy may benefit your overall health.
What can you do?
- Brush and floss regularly
- Have professional cleanings twice yearly
- Use a toothpaste that is made to fight bacteria and gum disease
- Exercise, eat healthy, and avoid smoking and chewing tobacco
- Let your dentist know of any health changes