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If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may have some form of gum disease. Gum disease can be treated, and early detection and treatment are key! You owe it to yourself to keep your healthy smile! Call us today at (888) 659-9446 for a complete periodontal evaluation.

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Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

How can gum disease affect your overall health?

In the past, gum disease was thought to be a localized infection that had little to no effect on our overall health. Current research, however, continues to prove just the opposite - that gum disease may in fact have a huge impact on overall health in the rest of the body, and may be a great influence on the both the onset and the severity of many systemic conditions and diseases.

Although the plaque (the bacteria that causes gum disease) is confined to the mouth, as the disease progresses, the infection can become serious. As bacteria involved in periodontal disease thrives and grows, it can invade the gum tissue, entering the bloodstream, and thus circulating throughout the body. Once spread throughout your system, this bacteria can do a lot of damage. Its presence will cause an immune system response, much the same as it reacts to infections from cuts or illnesses like pneumonia - with body-wide inflammation and destruction of tissue.

Studies have shown that long term untreated gum disease can increase your risk for heart disease, as well as affecting women's health, causing premature birth and/or low birth weight babies. Patients who already have respiratory disease, diabetes, or have suffered a stroke can be more severely affected by gum disease than otherwise healthy patients.

Gum disease is a particular threat to women at puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. Women's oral health conditions can fluctuate more than people know, causing their oral health needs to also change during these times.

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