January 16, 2018

Link of a Healthy Gum to your Overall Health

Some people might think that gums don’t have anything to do with the overall physical health of the body. Some might even say, “That’s only a part of the mouth, how will it affect the major organs of the body?”. Well, Many studies suggest that gum is not only a part of the mouth but sometimes be a relevant key towards a healthy body. But how come?

A Study reveal that one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease. The said data is based on the findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Scientists have discovered significant links between gum diseases and major organ diseases like Cardiovascular diseases. Gum diseases or otherwise known as Periodontal diseases are caused by bacterial growth in the mouth that triggers inflammation in the surrounding structures that support that teeth. This inflammation will eventually break the integrity of the underlying tissues of the gums. We know that millions of bacteria can thrive inside your mouth and within our mouth are small blood vessels that are connected to the systemic circulation of the body.

Once the Integrity of the mouth is altered, bacteria from the mouth will have an opportunity to enter the bloodstream via the small blood vessels. The Bacteria will then travel around the

systemic circulation until it hits the heart which is a major part of the circulatory system. The Bacteria could attach
itself to the major arteries of the heart and could stimulate an inflammatory response that will cause fat
deposits and blood clots to aggregate within the arteries.

This event will result in a clogged artery and will cause a cardiovascular condition known as Atherosclerosis.

That is only one of the pieces of evidence to show how Gums could affect the overall wellness of the
body.

There are also studies that suggest the link of gum diseases into other forms of body disorders such as Diabetes, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Cancer, Rheumatoid arthritis, Miscarriage, premature birth and much more. and the best way to avoid these is through doing preventive measures and maintaining good oral hygiene.

So never underestimate the health of your gums for it is one of the keys to a healthy body.

Retrieved from: https://www.perio.org
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
http://circ.ahajournals.org

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