It's no secret that body parts are connected to each other and work together to keep you healthy. If each organ works properly, you'll remain healthy and happy. Once something breaks down along the path, serious problems can arise with all the body systems. What you may not know is that your teeth and gums are also related to overall body health. Treating gum disease early and remaining vigilant will keep infection away. 


Gum disease is referred to as gingivitis at the start, which can do no more than trigger sensitive, sore, bleeding gums and bad breath all so often. As it develops and stays untreated, it becomes periodontitis, a debilitating disease that can lead to loss of teeth, gum tissue damage and inflammation.


The Link

Although researchers are sure that gum disease is interlinked with certain conditions, they have not nailed down a specific way in which the two function together. Currently, inflammation caused by gum disease is believed to lead to heart disease, diabetes complications, cancer, respiratory disease and osteoporosis.


It is a double edge sword in some situations. Diabetes, for example, can make it harder to keep gum disease under control, but gum disease can greatly exacerbate diabetes complications. It illustrates the fact that all parts of the body function together to keep you safe. 


Researchers studied the incidence of certain men's cancers, and those with gum disease were 30% more likely to develop blood cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer. 


Bone loss in the jaw happens with gum disease. This is linked to osteoporosis, which can also lead to tooth loss when the supporting bone declines, leaving the roots with no solid foundation. 

Learn More

If you're worried about periodontal disease and want to learn more from a dentist, arrange an appointment with Dr. JayCee Van Horn at Southern Smiles Dental in Oklahoma City, OK today to discuss the best way to protect your mouth from this disorder.