You are probably trying your best to stay fit, eat healthy, and take care of yourself. However, if you are an adult, especially over 40, the odds are that you are suffering from the most common disease around the world – gum disease.
Unfortunately, gum disease in prevalent in 90% of us. Although, often viewed as innocuous, it is now known to be linked to a variety of conditions including premature birth, pneumonia, coronary artery disease, strokes, and depression. Why, you might ask? It stems from harmful bacteria that enters the bloodstream and can travel to all parts of our bodies. If your immune system is not strong enough to ward off these bacteria, it may lead to illness and disease.
How do you prevent it? Regular brushing and flossing go a long way towards prevention. However, most likely, somewhere along the way, bacteria will form plaque on your teeth near the gum line and gum disease will start to form. If you see your dentist twice a year, your provider can remove the plaque, prevent gum disease and halt the chain of events that may lead to bacteria and disease spreading to other parts of your body.