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Gum Health: Indicative Of More Than A Healthy Smile

May 29th, 2018

What’s the cause of 90% of tooth loss? According to the ADA, gum disease and tooth decay are the major culprits. However, if we take the correct measures to keep our gums healthy, the future looks much brighter for our smiles…and for our bodies.

When there is a buildup of bacteria in the mouth, our gums “recede and become inflamed and infected.” All of these issues are preventable by routine brushing and flossing, and also by regular visits to your dentist.

There is also evidence for multiple connections between our oral health and other diseases. According to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry chronic inflammation is associated with higher cardiovascular issues including heart disease, clogged blood vessels, and strokes. Infections within the gums, such as gingivitis, have in some cases affected the brain, impairing memory and cognitive skills. Using antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash can help decrease the chance of widespread infections.

There has also been research conducted that has shown a direct link between gum disease and inflamed joints and rheumatoid arthritis. There is said to be major similarities between the “mechanism of the destruction of connective tissues in both Rheumatoid arthritis as well as gum disease.” Again, seeing a dentist regularly and eating a balanced diet will help to decrease your risk for both tooth decay and gum disease.

It’s important to realize that each part of our bodies is important in maintaining overall health—a gum infection may not seem like much initially, but everything in our bodies is connected, so the risk of greater overall disease is significant. “A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand,” so take the small steps now to prevent you and your body from negative developments and to decrease your risks for possible diseases.

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