The Connections Between Gum Disease
and Overall Health
Having good oral health is not only important for clean and white teeth, but also to help prevent gum disease, a condition that’s linked to a host of serious health
issues. Research shows that people with gum disease are at greater risk for heart disease, kidney disease,
diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma,
cancer and osteoporosis. In
fact, there are more than 100 health problems linked to poor oral health.
How does gum disease impact the rest of the body? What makes preventing gum disease so important, not only for
your oral health but also for overall wellness? Let’s take a look:
The body is interconnected
The systems of the human body are interconnected, not isolated. Any unchecked infection can spread to other
areas of the body. Just as you’d want to treat any other inflammation or infection, you also should take gum
Gum disease means inflammation
Anyone who has gum disease is dealing with inflammation, and
inflammation can spread. The same agents at work in your oral cavity can increase inflammation elsewhere.
Gum disease indicates the presence of unhealthy bacteria in the mouth — bacteria that can lead to conditions
such as cardiovascular disease. It can worsen symptoms in diabetics, too.
The bottom line is that gum disease is a condition that should be taken seriously — not just to protect your
teeth, but also to protect your body. To learn more about the link between oral health and physical health, check
out the attached resource. It offers a closer look at gum disease and its side effects, from premature birth to
dementia. You’ll also find five practical ways you can minimize your risk for gum disease and in so doing, care for
your overall health.
Provided by Rosen Orthodontics.
Dr. Kristina Sakas Katz, Associate Orthodontist at Rosen Orthodontics, joined the practice in 2017. She has been a lifelong orthodontic learner,
starting at age 10, when could be found shadowing her mother, Dr. Jacqueline G. Rosen, at the office. This early
childhood interest developed into a passion.