Alcohol intake-gum disease…the connection

IS THERE EVIDENCE TO SHOW A CONNECTION

Many individuals who regularly consume excessive amounts of alcohol are at risk of many physical and mental health problems.

It has been stated that alcohol may be more dangerous than heroin.

We’ve been told for years that alcohol can damage the liver, but besides the liver there are other parts of our body that can also be damaged as well.

In fact, alcohol is so damaging that, if it is consumed in large enough amounts, it can damage every part of the human body.
We’ll be talking about a subject that is not as well-known as the effect of alcohol on the liver but how gums may be affected by heavy drinking.

Gum diseases cover numerous conditions, from inflammation of our gums to very serious and dangerous conditions.

With some of these conditions, alcohol itself is not the culprit but is made worse by the intake of alcoholic beverages.

TYPES OF GUM DISEASES

Gingivitis causes the gums to become red and swollen, and they will also bleed easily.

This is the most common form of gum disease and it usually easily treated and doesn’t leave any lasting problems, if it is diagnosed and treated in time.
The next is Periodontitis can occur as a result of untreated gingivitis or as a result of some other disease.

It involves a serious inflammation that damages gum tissue and the teeth.

SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASES

1–if a person sees blood after eating or brushing their teeth.

2–gums that are swollen.

3–sensitive or tender gums.

4–continuous bad breath.

5–pus in the gums

6–gums pulling away from the teeth.

7–spaces between the teeth.

CAUSES OF GUM DISEASES

1–alcohol can cause gum disease.

2–hormonal changes.

3–family history.

4–cigarrette smoking.

5–poor dental hygeine.

HOW CAN ALCOHOL LEAD TO GUM DISEASE

1–alcohol can lead to serious irritation of the gums.

2–those involved in substance abuse.

3–alcoholics have poor eating habits, this opens the door to immune problems, which is a gateway for other things.

HOW CAN GUM DISEASE BE PREVENTED

1–never abuse alcohol or drugs.

2–practice good oral hygiene.

3–eating a balanced diet.

4–If there is any sign of redness or tenderness observed in the gums then this should be treated right away.

5–gargle regularly with mouthwash.

6–avoid too much sugar in any form.

7–cigarette smokers should quit.

8–get regular dental examinations.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GUM DISEASE–GINGIVITIS AND PERIODONTITIS

There has been some confusion with the medical terminology surrounding gum disease, but it’s quite simple.

Gum disease is the general term used to describe all the stages of periodontal disease.

Gingivitis describes early (and reversible) gum disease. If gingivitis is not addressed, it can progress and develop into the more serious (non-reversible) stage of gum disease called periodontitis.

This condition very dangerous and attacks gums, bone and the connective tissue that holds teeth in place, eventually loosening teeth where they could fall out. Gum disease is now the leading cause of tooth loss and decay.

THE EFFECTS OF GUM DISEASE

Gum disease, it’s sad to say, can increase the risk of various types of cancer (including breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer and others), heart disease, stroke and other serious problems.

Pregnancy complications and low-birth weight in babies have also been linked to gum disease.

Harmful bacteria present in gum disease take up residence in the mouth, then are able to access the rest of the body using the bloodstream.

In other words, a person with active gum disease has an enemy slowly but surely eroding his or her health by poisoning their system with dangerous bacteria.
Realizing that the mouth is the “Open Door” by which all the bacteria that enters our body gets in, we should be extra cautious, not to allow giving extra care to the treatment of our mouth.

There is an old saying that goes ” an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” this so true in every area of maintaining the health of our body.

We are issued one chance to do things right concerning our health, if we blow that opportunity, we’ll have to pay for it, usually in pain and suffering and high cost medical treatments.

Be kind to your body today and long life!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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