Gum Disease Affects More Than Just Your Smile

Did you know that 7 of the 10 leading causes of death reported by the CDC can be connected to inflammation and/or bacteria in the mouth? Evidence supports a cause and effect relationship between periodontal disease and arterial disease. This correlation between oral health and systemic conditions is now broadly accepted by both the medical and dental communities. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. It is a serious infection that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. We also know that infection in the mouth doesn’t usually stay there. It moves to other parts of the body and can significantly increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung infections, and pre-term births. Practicing good oral hygiene and having regular, routine professional cleanings help slow the progression of gum disease and improve your overall oral health.