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 The Lack of Energy You Feel May Be From Gum Disease 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Integrative Dentistry by . View all columns in series
At first it seems totally unrelated that gum disease might affect how we feel in general. However a growing number of studies are pointing to this very fact. With the onset of gum disease there is also present a low-grade infection, if not checked and treated this will affect the overall state of health.

The gum tissues are very rich in blood vessels. With gum disease, these blood vessels become an easy form of transport of dangerous infection causing bacteria and their by-products. The longer the gum disease is present, the more likelihood of its affects on other organs and the rest of the body.

Many studies have already concluded that periodontal disease, which effects about 85% of the population in the U.S., increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. It’s been shown to also influence diabetes, low birth babies and urinary tract infections. How gum disease can effect so many organs is still being researched. Some studies indicate that infectious by-products called c-reactive proteins, travel to the heart and trigger blood clots which then can travel to other locations and lodge.

Treatment of gum disease has a major impact on diabetes. One study by Robert Genco at the University of Buffalo in New York, indicated that there was a 10 percent reduction in glycated hemoglobin, which is a measure of long-term blood sugar levels with the treatment of gum disease.

Some reports suggest that routine dental cleaning appointments may be hazardous if someone has heart problems. The theory is that routine cleaning may trigger the release of bacteria into the system through the blood supply. However, this should not be a reason not to seek dental gum treatments. My suggestion is to take an objective inventory of how you’re treating your body. If you are at risk of a stroke and heart disease and haven’t been to the dentist, make sure you are following your physicians advise on needed medications, eat right, exercise, brush and floss daily and see your dentist. When gum disease is present, professional cleaning is a must for its treatment and cure.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs with the chronic presence of plaque, which is a clear, sticky film of bacteria by-products and food on the teeth and gums. The best way to fight gum disease is through prevention. Professional cleanings every three to six months is recommended. Home hygiene protocols must be practiced. Proper diet and nutrition, stress management, and exercise are vital. In other words prevention to gum disease includes the same common sense habits and life rules as it takes towards maintaining any healthy organ and the whole body.

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Flora Stay, DDS holds a doctor of dental surgery degree from University of California, San Francisco. She is the founder of ...moreFlora Stay DDS
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