How Can Periodontal Disease Do So Much Damage to Your Body?
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria that live in the plaque on your teeth. When hygiene is lax, the bacteria flourish and infect your gum tissue. While you may be familiar with the receding gums and bad breath associated with periodontal disease, you may not be aware that the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. These bacteria can enter your major organs, increasing your risk of disease.
Another way that gum disease can negatively impact your health is by taxing your immune system. Periodontal disease is a chronic infection that will encourage inflammation in the body, leaving your natural defenses overburdened and vulnerable.
Gum Disease and Systemic Illness
Untreated gum disease will increase your risk of heart disease and stroke as well as pancreatic cancer. For diabetics, unmanaged periodontal disease can drive blood sugar levels higher, while removing the infection can have a positive effect. Your body should not be considered in parts but as a whole, integrated system. Infection or inflammation in your mouth can have far reaching health consequences, including memory loss, premature births or cancer. Fortunately, treatment for gum disease is available and convenient. Dr. Hayashi even offer a more comfortable laser gum surgery to improve your health with less discomfort and downtime. If you are experiencing the symptoms of periodontal disease, such as bleeding gums, inflammation, bad breath, gum recession or loose teeth, contact our office to schedule a consultation for treatment today.