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3 Dental Problems that Could Turn Deadly

Posted on 1/20/2016 by Boeckel
A close up of a patients mouth suffering from gum disease.If you've ever had a dental problem, it probably started off pretty innocently as early gingivitis, a cavity, or the beginnings of tooth decay. While the problems could be uncomfortable, they are relatively minor as long as you get the treated. However, allowing them to progress can lead to some severe health conditions that could actually be deadly.

Gum Disease

Approximately 75% of adults have gum disease in some form, and the condition is a result of chronic bacterial infections. It is triggered by excess dental plaque and tartar, and these compounds can actually enter your blood stream. Once this happens, the chances of increased inflammation will go up, and you could also be at risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. These dangerous side effects of periodontal disease could actually be deadly.

Dental Abscesses

When a cavity is caught during the early stages, it can be filled to prevent future problems. However, when it is left unchecked, oral bacteria will have a place to thrive, depositing plaque to fill the hole caused by the decay. The result could be a dental abscess that will destroy the bone and gums if it enters the dental chamber. This could lead to potentially deadly consequences.

Oral Cancer

Each year, approximately 8,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives to oral cancer. Smoking, drinking, and infections like HPV can all be detrimental to your dental health and could contribute to oral cancer.

When it first becomes visible, it will look like small red or white spots in the mouth, so at any time that you start to notice these signs, you should be sure to visit your dentist. The longer that you ignore the signs of cancer, the greater the odds will be that the disease will take over and may become deadly.

Do you have questions about how your teeth are affecting your oral health? Contact our office today.

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