Think that bad breath is the only consequence of gum disease? Think again. Gum Disease is now linked to diabetes and heart disease. Here are some startling facts:
Nearly half of adult Americans have some form of gum disease
- Diabetic patients are more likely to develop gum disease which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications.
- Severe gum disease can increase your risk of stroke 3x to 4x
- Nearly 75 million Americans have unhealthy gums which can nearly double risk of heart attack
- Women with gum disease may be more likely to deliver babies that are premature with low birth weight.
Gum disease does not hurt until it becomes advanced which is why it is easy to ignore. Bad breath, bleeding gums and sensitivity are signs of gum disease. These signs occur much earlier but don’t seem alarming to most. We also live in a society where it is difficult to tell someone they have bad breath for fear of offending them. It is even uncomfortable to tell a significant other they have bad breath.
Unfortunately, mints and mouth wash won’t handle bad breath from gum disease.
Good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly are key to preventing gum disease.
If you have already been diagnosed, don’t ignore treatment. Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio we can help you treat your gum disease with a program designed specifically for you.
Taking care of your teeth and gums is just as important as eating healthy, exercising and seeing your physician for regular check-ups. Don’t undo all of your efforts to stay healthy by neglecting your teeth and gums.
If you have not been diagnosed but have not been seen in a while call today for a cleaning appointment and checkup!