Is Gum Disease a Silent Killer?

Gum disease is a common oral condition but it can become serious and be the cause of other serious conditions. So, is gum disease a silent killer? The answer is undoubtedly, yes.

Here’s everything you need to know about gum disease and the conditions it can lead to.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease can occur the moment you stop brushing your teeth. The condition happens when there is a buildup of plaque on the teeth. The symptoms can include swollen and bleeding gums. You may notice that your gums look inflamed and you spit blood when you brush your teeth. 

Although it’s a common condition, it’s important to get yourself checked by a dentist if you display any of the symptoms. At Rose Dental, we can provide you with a checkup and all the guidance you need to get your oral health back on track.

Conditions Linked to Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can cause a range of serious conditions. Maintaining your oral health can help you avoid the following:

Cognitive Decline

Many people wouldn’t associate gum disease with brain conditions. Did you know that having prolonged gum disease can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease? The buildup of plaque in the mouth can lead bacteria to enter the nerves and make its way to the brain.

Gum disease increases the risk of tooth loss and tooth loss is connected with general cognitive decline, especially in men. 

Heart Disease

Heart disease is another condition commonly connected with gum disease. Although it is not exclusively gum disease that links to heart disease, some researchers have suggested that the inflammation caused by gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease. 

The longer that gum disease is left untreated, the worse the inflammation can get. This makes it more likely that there will be inflammation in the cardiovascular system.

Cancer Risk

Cancer is another disease that most people wouldn’t automatically link with gum disease. The most significant link has been found between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Again, tooth loss plays a big part in this and the risk is increased if you are male.

Research has shown that the bacteria commonly found in gum disease is also associated with certain types of cancerous tumors. You can decrease the chances of gum disease causing cancer by scheduling regular checkups and brushing your teeth every day.

Erectile Dysfunction

This may be a surprising one but there is a proven link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction. In a study, scientists recorded that along with smoking and drinking alcohol, periodontal disease had a significant link to erectile dysfunction. The patients studied all had chronic periodontal disease.

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Call our friendly team on (603) 882-7201 today to arrange an appointment with one of our highly trained dentists. 

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