Lasting Effects of Gum Disease
Unfortunately, gum disease does not affect only your mouth. Bacteria from gingivitis can spread throughout your body and cause severe infections in other organs.
Recent studies show that the bacteria can travel through the veins in your gums to your heart, causing cardiovascular disease. Due to gum disease, you could be at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, or high blood pressure. In addition to heart disease, there is a connection between gum disease and pancreatic cancer, osteoporosis, and low birth weight in babies.
Because of these lasting effects, our dentists take periodontics very seriously. When you visit us for routine dental visits, we always thoroughly check your teeth and gums..