Dental Health Awareness – Healthy Gums, GFWC-NC Brand Initiative

Federation Friday: Volume 2, Issue 16 - October 18, 2019

Healthy Women, Healthy Gums! 

If your hands bled when you washed them, you would be concerned. Yet, many people think it is normal if their gums bleed when they brush or floss. “Perio” means around, and “dontal” refers to teeth. Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gums and jawbone. 

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque, the sticky substance that forms on your teeth a couple of hours after you have brushed. Interestingly, it is your body’s response to the bacterial infection that causes most of the problems. To eliminate the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that cause inflammation and destruction of the gums, periodontal ligament or alveolar bone. 

In the earliest stage of periodontal disease — gingivitis — the infection affects only the gums. In more severe forms of the disease, the infection can spread and destroy the structures that support your teeth in your jawbone. Eventually, your teeth can become so loose they have to be removed. 

In recent years, gum disease has been linked to: 

  • Atherosclerosis and heart disease – Gum disease may increase the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease and worsen existing heart disease. 
  • Stroke – Gum disease may increase the risk of the type of stroke that is caused by blocked arteries. 
  • Diabetes – People with diabetes and periodontal disease may be more likely to have trouble controlling their blood sugar than diabetics with healthy gums. 
  • Respiratory disease – When bacteria from the mouth reach the lungs, existing lung conditions (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) can worsen or lung infections can advance (pneumonia). 
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes- Periodontal disease not controlled during pregnancy has been linked to low birth –weight deliveries. 
  • Other- Evidence suggests a relationship between periodontitis and other systemic diseases including chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, obesity, metabolic syndrome and some cancers.

Although bacterial plaque buildup is the main cause of periodontal disease, several other factors, including other diseases, medications, and oral habits can also contribute. Other risk factors include genetics, smoking & tobacco use, crowded & misaligned teeth, stress, fluctuating hormones, and poor nutrition. 

Your Dentist can help assess your risks for periodontal disease and guide you in prevention or treatment regimes.

GFWC Brand Initiative 

Day of Action on October 23, 2019 

Call and email 

Your U.S. Representative about H.R. 3265 and Your U.S. Senators about S.1831 to urge the passage of the 3D PRINTED GUN SAFETY ACT of 2019! 



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