By Dr. Ron Nichols, DDS
June 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Taking good care of your teeth and gums does much more than help ensure you have an attractive smile. A healthy mouth and healthy gum diseasebody go hand in hand. Good dental hygiene can improve your health and reduce the risk of serious illnesses. Dr. Ron Nichols offers a full range of dental services to people in the Hacienda Heights, CA area. Read on to find out why periodontal health is so important.

Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, which is also referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. The main cause of gum disease is plaque, a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on our teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can destroy your gums and lead to tooth loss, according to your Hacienda Heights dentist.

Healthy Heart
Keeping your gums healthy may be key to keeping your heart in good health, too. Chronic inflammation from periodontal disease has been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems, such as heart disease. Studies have also shown a link between periodontal disease and increased risk for atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque in the walls of the arteries that can lead to heart attack.

Premature Births 
Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. Untreated gum disease may account for a large share of premature births. According to findings published in The Journal of Periodontology, infection in the gums of pregnant women may lead to a more than sevenfold increase in their risk of delivering premature babies of low birth weight. 

If you have diabetes, you’re at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. For people with diabetes, a healthy mouth can help keep diabetes in check. Diabetics who have periodontal disease find it more difficult to control their sugar levels than those who do not have gum problems because the infections can cause increased blood sugar levels.

Periodontal disease opens up the body to a host of infections. If you have periodontal disease, bacteria from your mouth can enter your bloodstream and if you have a weakened immune system, the bacteria in your bloodstream may cause you to develop infections in other parts of your body.

Make an investment in your overall health now and for your future—you’re worth it. Decide to practice good oral hygiene every day. To keep your oral health on track, call our dental office at (626) 912-9394 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nichols in Hacienda Heights, CA. Here's to you.