In one of our latest blogs, we discussed what periodontal (gum) disease is, some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate the disease, and how important it is to come see us at our Austin dental office as soon as possible if you’re experiencing any of those symptoms. Today we’re going to tell you why a quick diagnosis and early treatment of periodontal disease is so important.
Your gums are the window to your overall health. They not only let us know if there is an issue in your mouth, they can also indicate other problems within your body. And when they’re infected, they can make you more susceptible to serious health issues and diseases.
In fact, people with gum disease are more prone to strokes, heart attacks, heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes, among other severe health concerns.
How can a disease in your mouth cause problems in the rest of your body?
There are four main ways that periodontal disease can lead to other serious health concerns.
- Bloodstream – Chewing food injects infectious bacteria into your bloodstream, which is then carried throughout your body.
- Breathing – Periodontal bacteria can be breathed into the lungs and increase the chance of lung disease.
- Transmission – Periodontal infection can be transferred directly from spouse to spouse and parent to child through a simple kiss.
- Immune System – Gum disease can lower your immune system, making you less effective at fighting off infections.
While we know that gum disease can lead to serious medical problems and diseases, at 12 Oaks Dental in Austin, we also know that early diagnosis and proactive treatment can keep gum disease from causing any of these major health concerns. That’s why keeping up with your regularly scheduled visits is so important.
If you’re due for an exam, call our Austin dental office today at 512-346-5196 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you!