Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
While a number of studies already link poor oral health to compromised overall health, recently published research also suggests a possible correlation between gum disease and the risk of respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. These serious infections can be instigated when bacteria from the upper throat are inhaled into the lower respiratory tract. The first logical line of defense is to therefore reduce the amount of bacteria produced in the mouth.
If tooth brushing and flossing are not automatic habits for you, you may be encouraging the production of bacteria, thus opening yourself up to the risk of infection and disease, including gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a clear, sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. If it is not removed every day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar and can lead to an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. If unattended, this could lead to gingivitis, and then periodontitis — an advanced stage of gum disease.
Periodontitis can result in serious damage as the gums and bone that support the teeth deteriorate, leading to loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Be on the lookout for the following signs of gum disease:
Brushing and flossing thoroughly to remove the bacteria that initiate the decay process, eating healthy foods and visiting the dentist for regular, professional cleanings are simple yet effective ways to help avoid this preventable disease.