Gum Disease Is a Total Body Issue | Walnut Creek Dentist


When we don’t take care of ourselves, illnesses will arise. Bacteria gets into our system and begins to break it down. And believe it or not, good oral hygiene is pertinent to keeping your bodies healthy. Harmful bacteria can lead to gum disease, an infection of the tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth. The following represents just a few ways gum disease can affect your overall health:

Your heart. Several studies have shown that gum
disease increases the risk of heart disease and worsen existing heart

Your lungs. Studies have shown that the bacteria
growing in your mouth can be ingested into your lungs, resulting in infections
like pneumonia.

Your blood. As it is, keeping your blood sugar at a
normal level is tough, especially with all the delicious food within arm’s
reach, but the odds of you developing gum disease is more likely to occur. This
is probably because those with diabetes are more susceptible to infection, and
that includes gum disease. And to come full circle, gum disease can lead to
increased blood sugar and diabetic complications.

Your brain. Some research has suggested there is a link between gum disease and the risks for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Other research has suggested that gum disease may also be associated with mild cognitive impairment, making daily life more difficult.

If you’re suffering from gum disease, make sure to keep it under control by brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. Also, remember to visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

For more information about gum disease, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

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