Heart, Brain, and Muscle Inflammation Increases with Untreated Gum Disease
Posted on 10/5/2020 by City Smiles DC
Our bodily functions are connected in more ways than we realize, which is why we sometimes encounter problems in our body that are as a result of a completely separate complication. This is why maintaining your oral health is so important, because oral complications can cause problems elsewhere in the body. Gum disease and tooth decay have been known to cause issues with the heart, brain and muscles, the consequences of which can be serious.
How Does Gum Disease Affect The Heart, Brain, and Muscles?
The impact of gum disease on the functioning of the heart is not clear, but there is a correlation between the two. When an individual is affected by periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease, their gums are inflamed, receding and pain inducing. It is possible that this inflammation, if left untreated, can cause inflammation in other parts of the body, notably, the heart. Inflammation in the heart can permanently damage the heart muscle.
With the brain, again, the link between gum disease and the brain's cognitive ability is not distinct, but there is some form of correlation. Periodontitis has been linked to cognitive decline as well as the build-up of beta-amyloid which causes Alzheimer's. Research has found that bacteria commonly found in the mouth when a patient is experiencing symptoms of periodontitis is also found in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's.
Gum disease causes gum recession and bone loss, which destroys the support for teeth, causing them to fall out. This consequentially changes how your upper and lower jaw fit together, which can cause strain on your jaw joints and muscles. This is known as TMD (temporomandibular disorder) and can have a number of complications. Untreated gum disease can have serious consequences for your body. To book a dental check-up, contact our office.