“The mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body.”
It’s a saying that dentists and other health practitioners have used for years, and it boils down to the concept that your oral tissues are a reflection of what’s going on inside of your body as a whole.
The surprising part? It’s true.
When your immune system is flared up, it raises inflammation throughout the affected areas of your body and strains the body’s ability to manage secondary infections. In regard to oral health, your gums often appear inflamed or bleed easily, especially if you have other underlying health conditions.
Chronic Diseases and Conditions Linked to Your Mouth
Research has shown a direct correlation in the severity of periodontal (gum) disease and systemic health problems like
- Cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack)
- Respiratory infections, including pneumonia
- Infertility and difficulty conceiving (both genders are affected)
- Preeclampsia, pre-term labor, and low birth weight in infants
- Diabetes and irregular glucose levels
- Erectile dysfunction
There’s also data that suggests a relationship between gum disease and Alzheimer’s
The Good News
The great thing about the connection between your oral and overall health is that treating dental infections can have a significant impact on your body’s ability to heal. When our periodontist in The Woodlands provides services like gum disease therapy, it reduces the number of active bacteria inside of your body. As a result, your immune system doesn’t have to work as hard (or be overworked, that is) to help manage multiple problems at once.
Data shows that treating gum disease can drastically reduce the severity and improve the management of diabetes, ED, and infertility within as little as a month. Periodontal therapy in Conroe could be your key to help getting your body’s health back on track.
Understanding the Symptoms
It may not seem like your periodontal infection is a priority, especially if you can’t control your blood sugar or are trying to get pregnant. But without eliminating that disease from your body, you may never have the “push” your immune system needs to help make your other health goals a priority.
If you’re exhibiting signs of gum disease like bleeding, swollen tissues, redness, gum recession, or bad breath, it’s time to take matters into your own hands and reach out to a specialist like Dr. Kip Saunders.
Our comprehensive and modern periodontal treatments offer better outcomes for a faster recovery, so that you can focus on your overall health.
Partnering with Our Patients
During your visit to our gum specialist office in The Woodlands, Dr. Saunders and our staff will discuss any other health conditions you’re struggling with. Since periodontitis goes hand in hand with your medical history, having a complete picture of what’s going on in your body will help to make treatment more effective.
Together, we can help you erase gum infections and put your health back on track for a healthier you!
For more information, contact our Conroe periodontist today for a private consultation.