Gum disease is a destructive process that leads to the deterioration of the bone supporting your teeth and can cause a systemic response that leads to all kinds of health problems.
There are two elements of gum disease. One is infection, the other is inflammation.
How would I know if I have gum disease?
- Do you have bleeding gums?
- Are your gums receding?
- Are your gums red or puffy?
- Do you think you may have bad breath?
Infection in Gum Disease
What is commonly called dental plaque, is actually a sticky coating loaded with disease-causing bacteria. As the plaque forms and thrives on your teeth, the bacteria release chemicals that begin break down of the lining of the gum tissue, allowing the bacteria to enter your gums. Eventually the bacteria penetrate your body’s defenses and can get into your bloodstream. Once there, these disease-causing bacteria may contribute to disease in your blood vessels, your heart, your brain, and other areas.
Inflammation in Gum Disease
As the bacteria begin to eat their way into the lining of your gums, your body’s defenses will rush to the site of the infection: chemicals are released and trigger enlargement to blood vessels in your gums, or swelling, will enlarge to bring extra blood and defensive cells from your immune system. Early in the infection, you may not even notice a difference, but over time the problem will become more deep seated and more invasive.
The Whole Body Consequences of Gum Disease
The bacteria that are involved with gum disease will eventually find their way through the body. Research has shown bacteria that originate in the mouth will become embedded in the walls of major blood vessels leading to the brain, the heart, the lungs, etc. They can be a major contributing factor to common diseases that lead to decline in your vitality over time. They will contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, pancreatic cancer and other life threatening conditions.
In addition to migrating from the mouth into other areas and organs in the body, these bacteria continue to trigger responses of our immune system that result in and contribute to chronic systemic inflammation. Through this process, chronic gum disease contributes to chronic degeneration elsewhere in the body.
LET’S STOP YOUR GUM DISEASE IN IT’S TRACK. MAKE A DECISION TODAY TO TURN YOUR HEALTH AROUND!