Written by: on February 4, 2016 @ 1:35 pm

gums1Is it true that the state of your oral health can affect the rest of your body? There is a large body of research that indicates that it is true, and the research continues to grow. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy, of course, helps prevent gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth loss, and eventual jawbone degeneration, but it can also help prevent much more. Read on to find out how your gums can affect your overall health.

Bacterial Plaque

The same bacterial plaque that causes inflammation of the gums and leads to the above list of oral ailments can also travel throughout your body causing a long list of systemic ailments.  Plaque forms on your teeth every day. If it is not continuously removed by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day, it will soon begin to harden into a cement-like substance called tartar or calculus.  In this hardened state, plaque can no longer be removed by brushing and flossing. The only way it can be removed is via professional teeth cleaning, hence, the biannual dental checkups and prophylaxes (dental cleanings).  If bacterial plaque is not removed it will begin to cause irritation and inflammation leading to periodontal disease. Long-term gum disease can have worse consequences than tooth loss and jawbone deterioration.

Other Illnesses

The harmful bacteria that plaque is made of have been found in the arteries of cardiac patients as well as in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Although it is not clear whether the existence of severe, long-term periodontal disease can cause other diseases throughout the body, it can contribute to or exacerbate illnesses including:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Preterm Birth
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Therefore, if you have been slacking off on your daily oral hygiene because you don’t really mind wearing dentures, maybe you do mind being unhealthy in other ways. Keeping periodontal disease at bay can be as easy as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and attending your biannual dental checkup and cleanings.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the 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: Gum Disease, Oral Systemic health

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