Gum Disease Can Negatively Impact More Than Just Your Oral Health

One of the most common conditions we see here at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care is Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. Bacteria naturally live and grow in the mouth. Because of that, they can easily go unnoticed and cause problems with the mouth and the entire body.

What is gum disease?

At its core, gum disease is an infection. When bacteria grow and cause plaque build-up, oftentimes, an infection isn’t too far behind. While there aren’t always symptoms of gum disease, there are some signs to look out for. For example:

How can gum disease impact your overall health? 

Any infection can wreak havoc on your overall health and complicate existing health issues. Gum disease, in particular, is pretty dangerous. Even though bacteria start in your mouth, they can move through your bloodstream and impact other parts of your body. That’s one of the reasons why gum disease is linked to heart disease.

There’s also a link between gum disease and diabetes. Diabetes and gum disease are often found together. In fact, diabetes can contribute to and worsen infections, which can make it difficult for organs in the body to work optimally. Because gum disease doesn't always have symptoms, it’s easy for the infection to go on for some time and cause a host of other health issues.

How can you prevent gum disease?

Brushing and flossing twice a day makes a huge difference in reducing your chances of developing gum disease. It’s also important to follow a healthy diet. Some food, especially sugary food, can increase plaque and cause build-up. Being aware of changes in your teeth and gums can also help you avoid serious problems!

Above all, the most important key to preventing gum disease is to make sure that you get your dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. Fear of the dentist is normal but it shouldn’t keep you from learning the status of your teeth and gums. After all, we can’t treat what we don’t know exists.  

Here, at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care, we have dentists on staff who specialize in general and cosmetic dentistry as well as oral surgery. We also have a skilled Endodontist on staff. We're truly the one-stop-shop for all your dental needs. No need for referrals and waitlists. To book a consultation or appointment visit our website today!

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