Does Gum Disease Cause Heart Disease?

Gingivitis is gum disease that progresses from mild to moderate to severe. Most individuals experience mild gingivitis, while others experience severe symptoms that include redness, swelling, and tenderness of the gums. Some people experience severe gum disease that even results in bleeding and the loss of teeth. The condition usually occurs with more advanced age, which studies show is true for most individuals over the age of sixty-five. The main reason for this is that once a person reaches the age of sixty-five, their mouth becomes more susceptible to infection due to weakened tooth and gum tissue.Visit Unionville gum disease for more details.

If there are any risk factors for gingivitis that need to be addressed or removed, they should be removed or addressed to have the greatest success in permanently reversing the gingivitis. When a tooth or a significant portion of a tooth is gone, it requires daily brushing and regular flossing to keep the plaque from returning. After the tartar and plaque have been removed or cleaned, a dentist or oral hygienist can then remove gingivitis and restore the healthy gums and bone surrounding the tooth. If you currently have gingivitus, it is very important that you commit to brushing daily and flossing regularly, as this will help prevent gum disease from progressing to advanced stages.

Other serious health problems can arise from gum disease. Gum disease can lead to the development of periodontal disease, which affects not only the gums but also the heart and lungs. Gum inflammation has also been associated with the development of heart disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune health problems. Therefore, maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to overall health, and can lower the risks of many health problems.

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