Mouth Body Connection
Your health Depends on your Teeth Never More than Before!
Bacteria have now been proven to travel from the oral cavity through the blood stream to the HEART, LUNG and to the womb in PREGNANT women affecting the unborn.
Thus periodontal disease has been implied in progressing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and low birth weight babies and stroke. If periodontal disease is left untreated, the bacteria become more destructive left unchecked.
What causes gum disease?
Periodontal disease is a multifactorial infection. It usually starts with too much of the bad bacteria in the mouth plus other factors of your own immune reaction. ORAL HYGIENE plays a huge role and SMOKING is a great contributing factor to the progress of periodontal disease as is UNCONTROLLED DIABETES and a FAMILY HISTORY. Research shows that 30% of the population is likely to be at risk for periodontal disease and these people are 6 times more likely to have periodontal disease. Local factors such as DEEP FILLINGS OR CROWNS can also aggravate the gums, as will HORMONAL imbalances that women face throughout life. Finally STRESS and other medical situations such as OSTEOPOROSIS and multiple medications can play a role in the progress of periodontal disease. CLENCHING AND GRINDING your teeth can also aggravate an existing periodontal situation for which a bruxism guard might be indicated.
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