Besides affecting your ability to smile confidently, unhealthy gums are bad news for your overall health. It is hardly surprising that bacteria from your mouth affects your body since your saliva is constantly flushing it all down your tubes!
Periodontitis is the medical name for gum disease, but being smart means not letting your gems or those of your children get into that state.
Health Hazards of Gum Disease
Here are a few of the more frightening effects of periodontitis on the body.
- Heart health - not that everyone is sure why, but gum disease has been strongly linked to heart disease! That’s a good enough reason to take care of your gums, right?
- Diabetes - the elevated blood sugar paves the way for gum disease..
- Jaw bone health - harmful oral bacteria from diseased gums, cause havoc to the jaw bone, which tends to break down over time.
- Anemia - Sore, pale gums could indicate anemia, which is insufficient red blood cells, or insufficient hemoglobin.
- Rheumatoid arthritis - sufferers are said to be eight times more prone to gum disease than the rest of us.
- Kidney disease - another less understood link with periodontitis and another good reason to take care of your gum health.
Love Your Gums
It just makes sense to take as much care of your gums as you do the rest of your body. The good news is that reversing gum disease also reduces inflammation and joint pain in the body.
Good oral health means cleaning your teeth regularly, flossing them, and visiting the dentist twice a year. Oral hygienists assist with keeping plaque at bay.
Everyone in the family could keep their own Supersalve gum drop bottle, which is great for teething babies, toothache till you get to the dentist and for post dental surgery trauma.NB: All SUPERSALVE products are completely free from petrochemicals, parabens and phthalates, and are safe for the whole family, from babies to the elderly and everything in between!