Gum disease can affect the state of your whole body. Over the past few years, studies have shown a definite link between your oral health and your general health. Here are some problems that can be aggravated by poor oral hygiene:
1) Stroke - Those with adult gum disease may have increased risk of stroke.
2) Respiratory Infections - Inhaling bacteria from the mouth and throat can lead to pneumonia.
3) Dental plaque buildup creates a dangerous source of bacteria that can be inhaled into the lungs.
4) Heart Disease - Those with adult periodontitis (gum disease) may have increased risk of fatal heart attack, and are more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
5) Bacteria from the mouth may cause clotting problems in the cardiovascular system.
6) Osteopenia - Reduction in bone mass (osteopenia) is associated with gum disease and related tooth loss.
7) Severity has been connected to tooth loss in postmenopausal women.
8) Uncontrolled Diabetes - Chronic periodontal disease can disrupt diabetic control. Diabetes can contribute to bacterial overgrowth in the mouth.
9) Smokers with diabetes increase their risk of tooth loss by twenty times.
10) People with type II diabetes are three times as likely to develop periodontal disease than are non-diabetics.
Remember, there are a number of advanced oral care remedies available to control or eliminate periodontal disease, such as antimicrobial mouth-washes, flossing regularly, and certain medications... and you thought all you needed was a toothbrush!