Millions of germs are living in your mouth at any given point in time. While brushing, flossing, and using an anti-bacterial mouth rinse help to keep these bacteria at bay, their presence is inevitable. For those who suffer from gum disease, the bacteria living in your mouth can pose serious threats to your health. There are many gum disease symptoms, such as bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth, which are warning signs of potential danger resulting from gum disease. Dr. Matthew McRae Jr. in Athens, GA can provide a thorough examination and periodontal screening to determine if gum disease is present in your mouth.
The presence of gum disease is an active infection leading to gum disease symptoms such as bad breath and receding gums, as well as open access for bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Open wounds in the mouth resulting from gum disease make this a potentially dangerous condition. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria circulate throughout the body and can relocate to other areas of your body. This can lead to disease in internal organs and other systems in your body.
Research investigating the link between gum disease, or periodontal disease, and other systemic illnesses is currently underway to identify a definitive link. So far, many of the results have been inconclusive. Research has shown, however, that periodontal disease has potential links to heart disease, ischemic stroke, respiratory disease, head and neck cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, and an increased risk of preterm delivery.
While bad breath and receding gums are significant, one of the most severe gum disease symptoms is tooth loss. Gum disease is responsible for the majority of tooth loss in adults in the United States. Receding gums, tooth loss, and systemic illnesses are not the only dangers of gum disease.
Gum disease is an active, living infection in your mouth releasing toxins through the blood vessels in your mouth, which can cause any number of health issues. If you think that you may be experiencing gum disease symptoms such as bad breath, receding gums, or loose teeth, contact Dr. McRae in Athens, GA as soon as possible to seek treatment.