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Under Your Skin: 3 Monstrous Consequences Of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a condition that affects 8 out of 10 adults in America. However, most people do not seek treatment for gum disease. It is important to get gum disease treated as soon as possible because it can lead to a number of complications.

Increase Your Risk of Diabetes

Your gums and teeth are not the only parts of your body that are affected by gum disease. If you do not get this condition treated, then you may be at a greater risk for developing diabetes. Gum disease has a tendency to raise blood sugar.

Gum disease can also create complications for people who already have diabetes. It is harder to control your blood sugar when you have diabetes. Gum disease can trigger chronic inflammation. People who have higher amounts of inflammation in their body are more likely to develop diabetes.

Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease

The bacteria from your mouth can easily end up in your bloodstream. Studies have shown that the same bacteria that causes gum disease can also contribute to heart disease. That is why people who have gum disease are more likely to have a stroke or heart attack.

Additionally, the inflammation can damage the blood vessels. If the blood vessels are damaged, then plaque will be more likely to build up in them. Plaque causes heart attacks and stroke by restricting blood flow.

Loose and Crooked Teeth

You will put your teeth at risk if you do not get your gum disease treated. The gum disease will start to attack the tissue that supports your teeth. This can cause your teeth to become loose and crooked. If your teeth are crooked, then they can be fixed with Invisalign.

Gum disease can also destroy the bone that supports the teeth. If the bone is destroyed, then the tooth will fall out. Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue. If your teeth fall out, then the other ones will shift. Missing teeth can also cause your jaw line to sag.

Gum disease is a problem that you will need to have treated as soon as possible. Loose and crooked teeth are one of the many complications that can result if you do not have this problem treated. You also put your overall health at risk. Heart disease and diabetes can develop as the result of gum disease.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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