Is Gum Disease Really That Bad for Me?

Oral HealthBrushing your teeth every day doesn’t always prevent harmful bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. If you’re not keeping up with good oral hygiene, that harmful bacteria can lead to gum disease, which is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth.

Though the harmful effects of gum disease have been well documented and highly publicized over the past few years, people still don’t seem to realize how detrimental gum disease can truly be. Not only can gum disease cause bleeding gums and tooth loss, but recent studies have shown that it may also be linked to major health problems.

One possible reason gum disease may be so harmful could be the fact that it’s a bacterial infection, and bacteria can travel anywhere throughout the human body. With that said, below are a few ways gum disease can affect your overall health:

  • It can harm your heart. Several studies have shown that gum disease is associated with heart disease. Although the cause-and-effect link has not been identified, research indicates that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. Gum disease can also worsen existing heart conditions.
  • It may affect your respiratory system. Inhaling harmful bacteria is known to cause respiratory infections. Studies have shown that the bacteria that grows in your mouth can be inhaled, causing respiratory infections including pneumonia, especially if they are suffering from gum disease.
  • It can make blood sugar tough to control. People who have diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease than those who don’t. This is probably because those with diabetes are more susceptible to infection, including gum disease. Research has found that gum disease can lead to increased blood sugar and diabetic complications.
  • Your memory can suffer. Some research has suggested that people with gum disease may be at a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. While other research has suggested that gum disease may be associated with mild cognitive impairment, such as memory problems that make daily life or tasks more difficult.
  • You may have problems conceiving. Aside from pregnant woman having increased risks of developing to gum disease, one study shows that gum disease can also cause problems with conception, making it harder to become pregnant. Another study found that pregnant woman with gum disease may increase the chances of miscarriage.

If this list doesn’t help you realize how detrimental gum disease can, I don’t know what will. Don’t let gum disease ruin your smile and put you at risk for major health complications.

If you’re suffering from gum disease, make sure to keep it under control by brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. Also, remember to visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding gum disease, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 today. To learn more Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics, visit