Gum (periodontal) disease refers to a bacterial infection of the gums, which can occur for many reasons. Since this infection occurs inside the mouth, it can actually take a major toll on your entire body’s systemic health, leading to a variety of medical problems.
When it comes to oral health, brushing and flossing are essential. But did you know that it’s important to make healthy food choices, too? The foods you eat topically and systemically affect oral health.
If you’ve recently been taken aback by a gum disease diagnosis, you really shouldn’t be too surprised. According to the CDC, those with periodontal disease have plenty of company with 47.2% of adults 30 and over and 70.1% of adults over age 65 who suffer from gum disease.
Researchers have been assessing a potential connection between periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease for decades. Periodontal disease begins with the build up of a sticky, bacteria-ridden plaque substance on the teeth. Heart disease starts with the build up of a different type of plaque comprised of cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other blood-based substances in the arteries.
Periodontal (gum) disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums and soft tissue surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease can be prevented with regular dental care. If, however, gum disease develops and is left untreated, the bacterial infection can lead to severe pain, tooth loss and organ damage throughout the body.