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The Overall Health Effects of Gum Disease on Your Body

a diagram of gums affected by gum disease

It is important to take care of your gums and teeth, and regularly visit your dentist to make sure they stay healthy. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums can support a beautiful smile and boost confidence. Not only does maintaining healthy gums support a healthy smile, doing so will help minimize your chances of getting gum disease.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, refers to inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria or plaque build up. The most common form of gum disease is known as gingivitis, which includes gum bleeding and swelling. This can cause difficulty and discomfort in doing daily activities such as eating and talking. Gum disease can not only be an uncomfortable experience, it can also be detrimental to your health if it continues. If left untreated, gum disease may lead to irreversible tooth bone loss, and increased risk for diabetes, stroke, and even heart disease. These are chronic illnesses that can have a substantial influence on your overall health in the long run. While there may be a clear association between gum disease and increased risk for other illnesses, there are a number of simple changes that can make a huge impact on your oral health and minimize your chances of getting gum disease. A few suggestions are listed below.

Lifestyle changes

Try to choose healthy eating habits and decrease or eliminate unhealthy habits such as cigarette smoking to give your gums a healthy environment.

Visit your dentist regularly

If you have any questions or need guidance on getting or maintaining a healthy oral environment, be sure to schedule a visit with our dentist. Our office can assist you in finding the best ways to prevent gum disease and ensure your gums and teeth are healthy.

Interested in Learning More?

Maintaining good oral health is the foundation for good overall health. Ready to get started? Be sure to visit our dentist today to learn more about how to keep a healthy smile.


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Kane SF. The effects of oral health on systemic health. Academy of General Dentistry Website. Published July 11, 2017. Accessed on January 15, 2021.

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