“I would first like to say thanks to the wonderful staff. My past experience with going to the dentist would cause extreme panic attacks, and emotional stress, from the moment I walked into this office, I felt completely at ease! “
– Kim Trent
Yes, dental plaque harbors dangerous bacteria that can cause inflammation in your mouth, throughout your body and your vital organs. Bacteria can also spread through your blood vessels and throughout your respiratory system.
Diabetes is a difficult disease to deal with. Fluctuating and ever elevating blood sugar levels are a constant challenge. Controlling gum disease plays a role in helping you control your blood sugars. And controlling your blood sugars helps you avoid bone loss. Uncontrolled diabetics can have 4 times the bone loss of healthy people. And diabetics are 3 times as likely to develop periodontal disease. Smoking diabetics are 20 times more likely to develop gum disease and lose their teeth.
The bottom line is that a clean mouth can help you control your blood sugar. And controlling your blood sugars helps to reduce bone loss.
Pregnancy gingivitis exists in 50-70% of all pregnancies. That gingivitis creates gum swelling, redness, tenderness and bleeding gums. The bleeding gums allow a passageway for dangerous bacteria to get into the bloodstream and onto the vital organs and vascular system of the body. Those same bacteria can lead to preterm birth. The increased levels of estrogen and progesterone lead to pregnancy gingivitis.
Respiratory problems are seen in people who neglect their dental health. The built up bacteria resting in your dental plaque and calculus can break free and be inhaled—infecting your respiratory passages. Imagine biting into an apple and breaking off some plaque that you then inhale. It happens to those who do not maintain their teeth health.