Written by: on May 11, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

Why Gum Disease Could Be a Factor in Your Overall HealthThe fact that gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss isn’t exactly a secret. But how gum disease can factor into your overall health isn’t as often discussed, despite the fact that the oral-systemic connection has been researched extensively.

In the same way that they affect your periodontal tissues, the oral bacteria that cause gum disease can also affect other areas of the body, leading to inflammation and other factors that could influence your overall well-being.

What Lies Beneath Gum Disease

The reason gum disease leads to tooth loss lies largely in how the disease affects your periodontal tissues and jawbone structure. Certain oral bacteria cause rampant inflammation, which erodes gum tissues and eventually the jawbone underneath, leaving nearby teeth without support.

Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, usually forms when these oral bacteria gather underneath the gum line, accumulating on the surfaces of your teeth’s roots. In early cases, gingivitis can be reversed with a deep periodontal cleaning, or scaling and root planing, before extensive inflammation and gum disease become prominent.

The Oral-Systemic Connection

As gingivitis progresses, areas of diseased oral tissues can begin bleeding, and the bacteria in your mouth can use these areas to enter the bloodstream. If allowed to spread through the body, gum disease-causing bacteria can also cause inflammation in other vital areas and increase your risks of chronic inflammatory health conditions, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and more. By preventing and treating gum disease, you can avoid such increased risks to your health (known also as the mouth-body connection) while simultaneously preserving your healthy, natural smile.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights, MI.

Catogories: Oral Systemic health, Periodontal Disease

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