Many studies have shown that poor dental health leads to high blood pressure. When we have high blood pressure, our risks for a stroke or heart attack increases. The bacteria causes inflammation in the gums and gets into the blood stream. Other risk factors are premature birth for pregnant women. That being said taking better care of your mouth can increase your life.
- How to know if you have gum disease:
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Bad breath
- Bright red/inflamed gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Painful/sore gums
Once you have been diagnosed with gum disease (periodontal disease) you will need to have more frequent dental visits. You can not be cured of this disease but you can keep it under control with typically 3-4 dental visits per year. Also be sure to brush 2-3 times per day and floss daily!
Even if you think you your teeth and gums are healthy you should always see a dentist for regular cleanings!