To put gum disease in perspective, the surface area of tissue infected around a single tooth is about equivalent to the size of your palm. The bacteria from an infection in the mouth has been shown to spread throughout the body, affecting one’s overall health and immune system! Let us help you resolve the infections around your teeth and enhance the well-being of your body and your soul.
Although most people are aware of the reasons behind proper, daily tooth brushing, few people realize that clean teeth and healthy gums can prevent a wide variety of other general, even life-threatening, health problems! When you don’t brush, your mouth’s normal population of bacteria multiplies on your teeth and gums, there depositing a sticky ‘plaque’ substance. This plaque mixes with the sugars and food debris, forms a strong acid substance, and eats away at your enamel, hence ‘decay’. Over time, the decay works its way into your tooth’s inner layers, causing further destruction. Meanwhile, the outer tooth plaque build-up irritates your gums, causing them to pull away from the teeth, expose the sensitive tooth root structure, and create bacteria/pus pockets. These in turn irritate and destroy the actual bone responsible for holding your teeth in position.
Bacteremia (Bacteria in the Blood):
Even more sobering is the fact that the presence of chronic gum disease (periodontal disease or pyorrhea) breaks the protective tissue barrier between normal oral bacteria and your blood stream, allowing bacteria to enter the blood. And although the precise connection isn’t understood, that circulating bacteria can lead to heart infection in people with previously damaged or weakened heart muscle/valves. In fact, gum disease may double your risk for heart disease, and triple your risk of stroke. Gum disease during pregnancy increases the likelihood of a low birth weight baby, and all the accompanying troubles.