The mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. When we have gum disease, whether it’s gingivitis or periodontal disease, the rest of our body is affected by the bacteria in the mouth.
Numerous studies over the years have found there is a link between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimers, preterm babies, and various cancers. How is this possible you may ask? The bacteria that causes gum disease is very specific and is only found in the mouth. However studies have found this type of bacteria in the heart, pancreas, and brain. This means that bacteria can travel from the mouth via the bloodstream to these organs and cause inflammation. This aggravates the disease process.
So keeping your mouth healthy and gum disease free will help these other diseases too. Keep up a good maintenance protocol at home. Have your hygienist show you tips and tricks to help you do this. Always keep up with your routine dental cleanings and make it consistent. Your dentist can pick up a lot of things early and fix them before they become a big problem.