Why Good Gum Health Equals Good Overall Health
Keeping your gums healthy is not only the smart way to keep your teeth in good shape, but it may keep the rest of your body strong, too.
When people think of oral or dental problems they usually think the problems are with their teeth. But the truth is, the gums are actually where many serious mouth problems begin, including those that affect the teeth.
Swollen and bleeding gums can not only be uncomfortable, but left untreated, they can lead to periodontal disease. This can destroy teeth’s bony support structure, leading to loose teeth and even tooth loss. Other gum-related issues include gum abscesses and receding gums.
But your gums can also impact your health way beyond your mouth. There’s evidence that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease.
Periodontal disease has been linked to:
- A higher risk for cardiovascular disease
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Pregnancy complications
So there are a lot of reasons to pay attention to the first signs of gum disease, starting with blood in the sink when you brush.