Many people dismiss oral health and hygiene as being strictly cosmetic. We tend to only worry about our teeth when they are discolored, crooked, or become overly sensitive. Visits to the dentists occur out of routine because we are told we should go every six months. Daily oral habits at home including brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are automatic and usually performed on autopilot without much second thought. Perhaps you weren’t aware that oral disease can be very dangerous to your health!
To begin, we should address the definition of gingivitis and how to determine if you are affected. When bacteria is present along the tooth enamel and gum lines, it creates a substance called plaque that sticks to the teeth and builds up. When this plaque encroaches on the gum line, it can cause painful, red, inflamed, and irritated gums that bleed. This inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis.
What many people don’t know is that gingivitis is also associated with serious – and often fatal – health problems such as heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and dementia. While the link between oral health and other overall health problems is still being studied, there are some definite links between them. For example, bacteria and inflammation are common components in heart disease, diabetes and biological brain disorders. Research on the subject continues to provide new evidence of the relationship.
Talk to a dentist in your area today about what specific steps you can take to reduce your risk of and other related health problems.