Know The Health Risks Of Gum Disease

15 February 2023
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


Did your dentist inform you that you have signs of gum disease, but you think there isn't much you should do about it because your teeth do not look that great? Gum disease can have health effects that extend beyond what is going on in your mouth. Here are some of the health risks that you should be aware of.

Tooth Loss 

The most obvious health effect of gum disease will be tooth loss. This is due to how the gums will start to recede over time, which is what supports the teeth in your mouth. Once that gum tissue is gone there will be nothing left to hold your teeth in place, and you may not even have gums that can support dentures.

Bone Loss

All of that bacteria in your mouth due to gum disease is also going to impact your jawbone. Your jawbone plays a crucial role in not only supporting your teeth but supporting your face as well. A lack of jaw bone can cause your face to sink inward without the support it needs.

Heart Disease

Anytime there is bacteria in the body it runs the risk of getting into your bloodstream. This is something you definitely do not want to happen because all of that blood leads to your heart and can cause serious complications with heart disease. You may think that these two parts of your body are unrelated, but everything is connected.


You may not be aware that gum disease is a condition that can make it difficult to control the blood sugar levels in your body. This may not always lead to diabetes, but it can certainly make living with it more challenging if you already have diabetes that is not well controlled.

Pregnancy Issues

Ever wonder why women are told to take care of their oral health during pregnancy? It is not just due to vomiting from morning sickness, but it's due to how gum disease can impact the health of a baby before they are born. Gum disease in pregnant women has caused problems with babies that have low birth weight or are preterm birth.

Kidney Disease

There is also a link between gum disease and kidney disease. While the cause of the relation is not completely known, the theory is that it is due to bacteria entering the bloodstream just like it does with heart disease.

Speak to a dentist to learn more.