The mouth is a place with millions of bacteria constantly on the move. Harmful bacteria are contained in a colorless sticky film called "PLAQUE", the cause of gum disease if not removed, plaque builds up on the teeth and ultimately irritates the gums and causes bleeding."
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and support your teeth.
Three stages of gum disease from mild to moderate are :
3. Advanced periodontitis
GENERAL HEALTH EFFECTS ;
Oral health - A 'window 'to your overall health.
"Your oral health is more important than you might realize, know the facts about how the health of your mouth, teeth and gums can affect your general health. Do you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Protect yourself by learning more about the connection between your oral health and overall health
What's the connection between oral and overall health?
Like in any areas of the body, your mouth is steaming with bacteria, most of them are harmless. Normally, the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily "BRUSHING" and "FLOSSING", can keep these bacteria under control. However without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels,that might lead to oral infections, such as "TOOTH DECAY" and "GUM DISEASE".
In addition, certain medications such as Decongestants, Antihistamines, Pain killers, Diuretics, and Antidepressants can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth,helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.
Mouth microbes have been implicated by a variety of ills from Arthritis to Alzheimer's. Bacteria enter the bloodstream through the mouth.
Community building : With inadequate brushing and flossing bacteria caught between the tooth and gums coalesce into a biofilm. Eventually oral tissue can deteoreate,allowing bacteria to infect others parts of the body.
GUM INFECTION INCREASE THE RISK OF MANY CONDITIONS INCLUDING:
2. Heart disease
3. Fetal coronary heart disease
4. Preterm birth
5. Oral cancer
8. Pneumonia aspiration