Gum disease is a connective tissue disease. It is also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease. It is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the bone and tissue of the gums. The signs of gum disease are bleeding gums, loose teeth, pain, and swelling. Most people don’t get alarmed when they see a little blood when brushing their teeth, but they should. About 85% of the adult population suffers from gum disease. If left untreated it can even cause tooth loss. However there is some good news: gum disease is treatable and preventable.
How does Gum Disease affect the body?
Gum disease is basically a chronic infection in the teeth and it can affect the body like any other chronic infection can. White blood cells will be high because your body is producing more of them to fight the infection. You may feel run down and feverish. Chronic mouth infections also affect other organs in your body when the infection gets into your blood stream. It can cause cardiovascular problems and even diabetes. Oral disease can alter your blood chemistry and lead to medical disease, which can cause oral disease, it is a vicious cycle.
Treatment for Gum Disease
The treatment for gum disease is simple. Your first step should be to find a biological dentist. After that, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and seeing your dentist at least twice a year and more if needed. Another thing that can be done is to insure the pH in the mouth does not become too acidic. If it does become acidic, then bacteria can flourish.