Did you know?
Did you know that gum disease affects approximately 75% of the adult population? Research shows a strong link between gum disease and other diseases of the body. Poor oral health can cause more than just tooth loss, pain and foul odours. It can also cause or contribute to other diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung disease and even cause a pre-term, low birth weight baby! With the help of your dental hygienist, good oral health can help prevent other diseases from occurring or becoming worse. Maintaining good oral health means better overall health. A healthier mouth means a healthier you!
Gum disease and Cardiovascular health
Heart disease is responsible for one-third of all deaths in Canada and costs the economy approximately $18 billion dollars every year. Gum disease could be yet another risk factor for heart disease. According to research, the reason for this increased risk may be the result of bloodstream contamination from the bacteria that exists in our mouths.
Gum disease and Diabetes
FACT: gum disease and diabetes are linked as a two way street.
If you have uncontrolled diabetes, you are at increased risk of gum disease.
Even more unsettling is that if you have diabetes and gum disease, controlling your blood-sugar levels becomes increasingly difficult, leading to complications.
Gum disease and Lung disease
Inhaling oral bacteria into the lungs is now believed to cause respiratory infections and make existing lung conditions worse. In addition, the inflammation in your mouth triggers the release of chemicals that can worsen lung inflammation. This occurs mostly in the elderly population.
Gum disease and Pregnancy
When gum disease is present, you are 7 times more likely to have a pre term low birth-weight baby. This is caused by the existing bacteria in our mouths entering the bloodstream . Our mouth acts as a portal to the rest of our body and it is important that we keep it healthy.
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