Many people are unaware of the link between our oral and physical health. Recent studies have indicated that gum disease causes an increased risk of serious systemic illnesses. Given these results, seeking treatment from an Ogden periodontist such as Dr. Willard W. Maughan is more important than ever. Here is a brief overview of the different ways in which gum disease can affect your everyday life.
Increased Risk for Heart Disease
When gum disease causes your tissues to become inflamed, they are more prone to bleeding. Bacteria are given the opportunity to enter into the blood stream and travel throughout your circulatory system. These same bacteria can deposit a clot forming protein in your veins that puts you at an increased risk for heart disease.
Short Term Memory
Not only does brushing and flossing help maintain good oral health, it also helps keep your memory in good shape. A recent study published in a popular scientific journal found that adults who were affected by gum disease were also more likely to display short term memory loss. The results of testing revealed that these adults were more likely to perform poorly in areas that involved verbal recall and subtraction skills than those who were not affected by the disease. These results show how gum disease causes problems with everyday memory usage.
Pregnancy Risk for Premature Birth
Some research has suggested that gum disease causes infants to be born under their proper birth weight. In fact, one out of every eight pregnant women with gingivitis is expected to give birth prematurely. This is why it is suggested that you visit an Ogden periodontist as part of your prenatal care. Preventing and treating gum disease is not only important to your health, but also that of your baby. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Maughan, contact our offices today!