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Reasons to Seek Treatment for Gum Disease Sooner Rather Than Later

Last updated 6 years ago

The foods that you eat can be fuel for the bacteria in your mouth. Naturally occurring oral bacteria feed off these foods, causing plaque. Plaque that isn’t removed with brushing and flossing hardens into tartar, which can irritate your gums. When left untreated, tartar can cause gum disease. Early treatment of gum disease through thorough at-home care and your dentist’s intervention is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and may even protect your overall health.

Oral Health
Bacteria that cause plaque and tartar can significantly affect your oral health. Dental health problems that may result from untreated gum disease include: tooth loss, dental abscesses, tooth decay, bad breath, and pain.

Cardiovascular Disease
Research has shown a link between heart disease and gum disease. Although there are a few theories about how gum disease contributes to cardiovascular disease, the result is the same: Individuals with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease. Treating gum disease immediately can help lower the risk to your heart health.

Diabetes
There is also a link between gum disease and diabetes. Individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease. In addition, diabetes affects your body’s ability to control blood sugar and in turn increases the risk of infection, which can exacerbate gum disease. Treatment of gum disease can lower the risk of diabetic complications and help diabetics manage their blood sugar levels.

Pregnancy Complications
Premature birth and low birth weight have both been associated with gum disease. To give your baby a healthy start, treat gum disease before it progresses to the point that it affects your child’s health.

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