This may come as a surprise to most people but bright white teeth and fresh breath do not necessarily mean you have a healthy mouth! It has been shown many times that general health is directly related to gum health, and indeed gum disease has been linked to several medical conditions such as stroke, diabetes, heart attack and worsening lung disease. Healthy gums can reduce a person's biological age by up to 6.4 years. Why? Because studies show that the presence of periodontal diseases, most common in people with tooth loss, actually affects longevity. The best of these studies, done at Emory University in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control, indicates that people with gingivitis and periodontal disease have a mortality rate that is 23% to 46% higher than those who don't. So its more than just vanity folks - keeping your gums clean and healthy may help reduce the risk of many illnesses, including heart disease.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue that is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss. It affects three out of four persons at some point in their life. Gum disease is characterised by red, swollen and bleeding gums in the initial stages and progresses to infections, chronic inflammation and bone loss in later stages. Eventually bacteria are allowed to flow freely through your gums and into your blood stream that activates and stresses the immune system.
Are you sitting down for this! Good! For research has show that people with gum disease are 25% more likely to have a heart attack. Bacteria originating from the gums to the veins and arteries cause plaque build up and arterial inflammation that can provoke hazardous clotting. A 12-year study conducted by Harvard University researchers and 41,000 healthy men free of cardiovascular disease showed that those with periodontal disease had more clot related strokes.
Periodontal disease severely affects the control of blood sugars. The spread of bacteria throughout the body via the blood stream stresses and confuses the body when trying to adjust sugars to the invasion. Antibiotic treatment has help diabetics control blood sugars while treating the infections caused by gum disease.
Breathing in oral bacteria caused by gum disease can cause lung infections. Bacteria that grow in the oral cavities can be breathed into the lungs to cause respiratory disease such as pneumonia.
So, there you have it, its not just pretty smile that you forfeit when you get gum disease - but what can you do to prevent it. Well, most of us know that regular brushing, flossing and visits to your dentist will go a long way to preventing gum disease. Diet also plays a major part, we should all know to eat plenty of fruit, reduce our intake of sugary foods - and of course need I remind you guys to stop smoking!
What you may not know though, is that a daily intake of aloe vera can also be of great benefit. Aloe Vera is a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial plant. It can work wonders for dental health and protect the sensitive fragile tissues of the mouth when consumed internally. But you simply cannot pluck an aloe Vera leaf and chew it. You will probably spit it before you blink an eye. It certainly isn't the tastiest thing that you would have even tasted.
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