Gum Disease: More Yucky Than You Realize
Right now, as you are reading this, 500 to 600 different kinds of gross germs make your mouth their cozy home. And that’s just KINDS of bacteria. Given that each kind can consist of well over 100,000 bacteria, it becomes clear why dentists say that your mouth has more bacterial residents than there are people in New York City. And, just like New York City, they NEVER go to sleep. They only do two things: eat leftover food in your teeth and make bacteria babies.
Well, actually, there is one more thing the bacteria do and that’s what causes all the problems. They defecate waste product. That bacteria excrement is toxic to your teeth and gums.
Oral Health and Body Health: The Connection
The Signposts of Periodontal Disease:
- Bleeding gums after brushing
- Gums bleeding after flossing
- Aching, inflamed or puffy gums
- Loose and/or wobbly teeth
- Tooth roots becoming exposed
- Untreatable bad breath (halitosis)
- Pus or white film around the base of the teeth
- Sharp pain when you chew or bite on something
- Noticeable changes in your bite
- New spaces between your teeth
- Food getting lodged up in your gums
Type II Diabetes Encouraged By Periodontal Disease
For a long time it was known that those with Type II diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease. Research is now indicating that it may work both ways: people with chronic gum infections are more likely to get diabetes. Researchers recently looked at data from a big health survey and uncovered the fact that those who had ongoing periodontitis when the survey started twenty years ago had greater odds of developing Type II diabetes.
This study provides evidence for the conclusion that patients with ongoing periodontal disease are more in danger of developing Type II diabetes.
Finally, did you know:
- The American Diabetes Association has announced that gum disease causes diabetes.
- Adults with periodontal disease are 2 times more likely to have insulin resistance.
- When Type II diabetics also have elevated gum disease, they are seven times more likely to die.
By having regular cleanings and periodontal therapy to treat your gum disease, you are saying, “No” to developing cardiovascular problems.
Dr. Busch and Dr. VanYperen cites dental research that has revealed that people with periodontal disease have a significantly greater chance of having coronary artery disease than those who don’t. Researchers believe that bacteria shed by advanced gum disease can spread through the bloodstream and contribute to disease in the heart and other parts of the body.
Since the year, 2000, several studies have determined that there is a strong link between periodontal disease and coronary heart disease. One inevitability of unchecked periodontal disease is the loss of teeth. When the gums become very diseased, your teeth can wiggle out.