Gum disease affects nearly 10 percent of Americans by the time they reach age 64. While this sounds like a relatively low number, it could be you if you fail to take proper care of your teeth now. If you don’t floss every day, for example, and brush at least twice a day, you are at risk. And it’s a bigger risk than you might realize. Poor care of your gums can affect many other facets of your overall health.
POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF POOR GUM CARE
- Heart health: Moderate to severe gum disease has been shown to increase inflammation levels throughout the entire body. Some studies suggest that inflammation from severe gum disease may be linked to the risk of stroke as well as heart disease, which is also an inflammatory disease.
- Lung health: Some research suggests that periodontal health may help promote lung health for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Periodontal disease can also increase the risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia. This may occur from inhaling bacteria into the respiratory tract.
- Nutritional health: If you lose teeth from gum disease, it may become harder to eat healthy foods such as crisp fruits and vegetables. Chewing problems can lead to poor nutrition, which, in turn, can cause other problems, including fatigue and dizziness.
- Emotional health: Your smile is your calling card to the world. And most of us feel more confident when they have an attractive smile. But in the U.S. dentists pull 20 million teeth every year, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. And 86 percent of dentists say social embarrassment is one of the biggest problems people report after noticeable tooth loss.
When Should I Call My Dentist?
Catonsville Dental Care provides high-quality dental services to Catonsville, MD and the surrounding areas. If you’re concerned about your gum health, or any other dental issues, we will be happy to provide you with the service and care that all of our patients have come to expect. We offer teeth whitening, implants, Invisalign, and other dental services as well as routine dental care and corrective treatments. With years of experience and countless testimonials, we’re your one-stop offices for all of your dental needs!