Published: 09/15/2016

Regular oral hygiene is essential to the health of one’s mouth and teeth, but did you know that it can be just as important to the overall health of your entire body? Dr. Jacqueline Subka and her team is celebrating National Gum Care Month this September, and as a result, we are encouraging all of our patients to understand just how important it is to prevent gingivitis.

Health Conditions Related to Gum Disease

When plaque and bacteria are left to build up on teeth and on the gum line, serious problems can occur. While most people understand that bacteria can cause cavities, many do not know that it can also lead to the breakdown of the gums, as well as the bones that hold teeth in place. When the gums recede, bacteria can make its way into the bloodstream, which could lead to or worsen other health conditions, including the following:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Low birth-weight babies
  • Cancers
  • Dementia or memory loss

Left untreated, gingivitis can also cause loose teeth that can become painful, which may result in the need for tooth extraction, implants or dentures in the future.

Are You at Risk?

While plaque buildup is the main cause of gum disease, there are other factors that may put you at risk. Your age, genetic makeup, level of stress and some medications may make your chances of developing gum disease higher. Giving up some harmful habits such as smoking can reduce your risk and lead to an overall healthier mouth and smile.

Schedule a Cleaning Today

This September, remember that preventing gum disease in Thousand Oaks, CA, can be as easy as scheduling a regular cleaning. Feel free to call our office today at 844-791-7196. We have all of the information that you need to ensure that your gums are in the best shape possible.

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