When you stop to consider your health, what do you generally think about? Is your weight the first thing that comes to mind? How your clothes fit, how stressed you feel, or how rested you feel each morning? All of those can be good indicators of your general health and should be regularly evaluated. Yet, another area of your body is also a very good gauge of your health: your gums.
Many people overlook the health of their mouth when they decide to “get healthy.” However, it truly isn’t possible to be completely healthy without a healthy mouth. Studies have proven direct links between gum disease and the following: heart disease, diabetes, miscarriage, and low-weight births. Taking your gum health seriously can help prevent severe complications from occurring within the rest of your body.
It is helpful to remember that your heart pumps blood throughout your entire body. The bloodstream is a two-way system that carries blood away from the heart and back to the heart via arteries and veins. Because the gums are living tissues, they are on the bloodstream “highway” that travels throughout the body. If there is an infection in the gum tissues, that infection can easily travel through the bloodstream to other major organs and cause illness to spread in the body.
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. When caught early, gingivitis can be treated. However, if gingivitis continues to develop, it will become periodontal disease, an irreversible condition that will cause severe oral health disease and tooth loss.
Fortunately, you can take many steps to prevent and even reverse the first signs of gum disease. These include:
- Flossing daily
- Brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Using an ADA-approved mouthwash
- Visiting the dentist twice a year
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
Contact Precision Digital Dentistry today to schedule an appointment to evaluate your gum health.