Dangers of Gum Disease

Through the regular processes of eating and breathing, the mouth is regularly exposed to millions of germs. Many of these germs actually reside in your mouth. For a healthy mouth, these germs generally pose no apparent threat. If you suffer from a disease in the gums, however, germs that might otherwise be completely harmless can suddenly pose a serious threat to your health. 

Why Is The Disease So Dangerous?

There are many dangers associated with a disease of the gums. This alone is the leading cause of tooth loss in many adults living in the U.S. There are, however, other concerns that may be even more serious than tooth loss. 

One of the foremost concerns of the disease lies with the germs that so naturally reside in the mouth. A disease of the gums often leaves the mouth full of open sores or wounds leaving it unable to protect itself against harmful bacteria. In fact, these small wounds in the mouth can leave a direct opening for harmful bacteria to enter straight into the blood stream. This is often a direct passageway, carrying dangerous toxins from the mouth to important areas in the body. Bacteria that should never have left your mouth can suddenly find a home in other areas that may include vital organs. If an infection is severe, various organs and body systems can suddenly become exposed to bacteria and potential disease. 

Current Research

Research is continually being done to find the specific direct links between various physical illnesses and periodontal disease. Without direct evidence, it is difficult to prove whether a definitive link actually exists between the two types of disease. There is, however, conclusive evidence to show that certain links likely exist between this serious form of gum disease and the following conditions:
  • Heart and kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Premature birth in pregnant women
  • Cancer of the head and neck
  • Certain forms of diabetes

How To Treat Gum Disease

If you even suspect that you may have a disease in your gums, it is important to receive a thorough examination as soon as possible. A minor case that could easily have been cured may quickly become more severe if left untreated. Set up an appointment with Dr. Silverstein or Dr. Parker immediately so that you can have any issues resolved. When caught in its early stages, gum disease treatment can be very successful, often leaving no noticeable traces of a disease. 

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