Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You About an Underlying Illness?


Posted on 7/23/2019 by Karl Olson
Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You About an Underlying Illness?There are studies available connecting your gum health to the overall health of the rest of your body. While gum disease isn't a proven cause for other diseases, it does indicate whether you have any other health issues. This is why it's important to understand it.

Diabetes

It's important to keep your blood sugars in check. Otherwise, you run the risk of having infections throughout your body, including in your mouth. The opposite is also true in that when you have gum disease, it'll be more challenging for you to keep your numbers in check.

Anemia

When your gums are pale and your mouth is sore, it's possible that you may be anemic. Another symptom that you may have of this is your tongue could be swollen and smooth. These things occur because anemic people don't have enough red cells and the ones they do have don't have enough hemoglobin in them.

HIV

Oral thrush or warts, canker sores, and gray patches are all indications that you may have AIDS. These things occur because your body has a weak immune system that's unable to ward off infections. You may also have a dry mouth that could cause tooth decay.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Research has discovered that people with gum disease are 8 times more likely to have RA. The common denominator here is inflammation. Once your gums are treated, you may experience less joint pain and inflammation.

Premature Birth

Pregnant women who have gum disease are at an increased risk of having a baby who's born too early and smaller than ideal. Research hasn't determined the link between these conditions yet. However, hormonal changes have been known to make gum disease worse.

When you notice that you're having problems with your gums, give our office a call. You should also call us if you already have any of these conditions. In either case we'll help you take better care of your oral hygiene so the rest of your health is also better managed.

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