December 3, 2015

Recently research has been done to show the effect that the mouth has on the overall health of the body. Poor oral hygiene skills and gum disease have been linked to higher risks of coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Although there isn’t a concrete, solid reason one affects the other, it’s clear that the relationship works both ways.

Those with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, possibly because of the body’s difficulty in fighting off infection when blood sugar isn’t controlled. Additionally, those with gum disease have a harder time controlling blood sugar, which eventually make the problem worse. The good news is that controlling for gum disease can make a huge difference in the life of a patient that deals with diabetes.

Problems Associated With Gum Disease

In its mildest forms, gum disease may consist only of inflamed gums that occasionally bleed and feel tender after brushing. It its most severe form, gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, create pockets of infection near the gums, and eventually cause the teeth to fall out. This leads to loss of bone in the jaw and can completely change the structure of the face.

If caught early, gum disease can often be treated and reversed by a periodontist in Jacksonville, FL. Those with more severe cases may require in-depth treatment in order to control gum disease and the health of the rest of the body.

Gum disease dangers include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack or heart disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Missing teeth
  • Loss of bone in the jaw
  • Diabetes

Controlling diabetes is very difficult if the mouth’s health is dysfunctional.

Treatment Is Just a Phone Call Away

Fortunately, gum disease can be treated in order to help control blood sugar and allow patients to lead longer, healthier lives with better smile. Call Dr. Wood’s office today to schedule an appointment at 904-416-1436.



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