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Can Gum Disease Make You Sick? Understanding the Wider Impact of Periodontal Disease 

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Can Gum Disease Make You Sick? Understanding the Wider Impact of Periodontal Disease 

Have you ever brushed your teeth and noticed a bit of pink when you spit out the toothpaste? 

Occasional bleeding of the gums can be the result of brushing too hard or using a hard toothbrush. 

But sometimes it can be a sign of something worse: gum disease.  

Gum disease is more than just a dental problem 

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is a common oral-health issue affecting adults worldwide.  

It starts mild, as a seemingly harmless condition called gingivitis. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease that can result in tooth loss—or worse. 

Many studies have linked periodontal disease to other health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and even cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s. 

The connection between gum disease and systemic health 

The body is a complex, interconnected system. What happens in one part can influence others. 

Your oral health is no exception. Because the bacteria causing an infection in your gums can travel through your bloodstream and affect other parts of your body, periodontal disease is a known contributor to other health issues. 

A Concierge Dental Group patient we’ll call Mark was generally fit, ate healthy food, and exercised regularly but had always been lax with his oral hygiene. When he started experiencing frequent gum bleeding and bad breath, Mark visited our clinic and we found he had advanced gum disease that had been progressing for years.  

But the bigger surprise was yet to come. As part of our comprehensive approach to dental health, we advised Mark to undergo a general check-up and, to his shock, he was diagnosed with early-stage heart disease. 

Research has shown periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease. The same harmful bacteria that inflame the gums and erode the jawbone can enter the bloodstream, leading to inflammation and damage in the heart arteries.  

Other health conditions associated with gum disease include diabetes, respiratory diseases, and even cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s. 

Protecting your oral and overall health 

Gum disease may seem daunting, but it’s largely preventable.  

Regular brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings and check-ups, can help keep gum disease at bay.  

It’s not just about preserving your pearly whites; it’s about safeguarding your overall health. 

Should you notice any signs of gum disease, such as persistent bad breath, red or swollen gums, or bleeding during brushing, don’t ignore them. Early detection can significantly reduce the impact of periodontal disease, not only on your oral health but also on your general well-being. 

Your health is our priority at Concierge Dental Group 

Here at Concierge Dental Group, we believe your oral health is a window to your overall health. We are committed to providing you with personalized, high-quality dental care aimed at preventing and treating gum disease and improving your overall well-being. 

Don’t let gum disease jeopardize your health. Book your appointment with us today and take a proactive step toward better oral and overall health. Because your smile is much more than just a show of teeth; it’s a reflection of your well-being. 

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