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The Impact of Gum Disease on Overall Health

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As a leading dental professional, Dr. Mitzi Morris is passionate about educating Roswell patients on the importance of maintaining optimal oral health. One area of concern that often goes unnoticed is gum disease, a common condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. In this blog post, we will explore what gum disease is, its potential consequences, and the compelling link between untreated gum disease and overall health conditions. Understanding this connection can empower you to take proactive steps towards safeguarding not just your oral health but your overall well-being.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It typically begins with the accumulation of plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—on the teeth and along the gumline. If not adequately removed through regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings, the bacteria in plaque can lead to inflammation and infection of the gums.

There are two main stages of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis: This is the early stage of gum disease and is characterized by red, swollen, and tender gums that may bleed during brushing or flossing. At this stage, the infection is confined to the gums and has not yet affected the supporting structures of the teeth.
  • Periodontitis: If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. This stage involves the infection spreading to the deeper tissues and bones that support the teeth. Over time, the gums may recede, creating pockets between the teeth and gums, which can harbor more bacteria and exacerbate the infection. Periodontitis can eventually lead to tooth loss if not properly managed.

The Scary Link Between Untreated Gum Disease and Overall Health Conditions

Emerging scientific research has uncovered a significant association between untreated gum disease and several systemic health conditions. While the exact cause-and-effect relationship is still being investigated, the presence of chronic inflammation and the dissemination of oral bacteria through the bloodstream are believed to play a role in these connections. Here are some health conditions that have been linked to untreated gum disease:

Cardiovascular Disease

Studies suggest that the inflammation caused by gum disease may contribute to the development of heart disease, including an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).


Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease, and untreated gum disease can make it challenging to control blood sugar levels. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes is believed to be bidirectional, with each condition influencing the other.

Respiratory Infections

Oral bacteria associated with gum disease can be inhaled into the respiratory tract, potentially leading to infections such as pneumonia, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Some research suggests a link between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition characterized by chronic joint inflammation. Inflammation caused by gum disease may contribute to the development or worsening of arthritis symptoms.

Pregnancy Complications

Pregnant women with untreated gum disease have a higher risk of complications such as preterm birth, low birth weight, and preeclampsia. It is believed that the inflammation and oral bacteria from gum disease can trigger an inflammatory response that affects fetal development.

Schedule Your Gum Treatment in Roswell

Gum disease is not just a threat to your oral health; it can have far-reaching consequences for your overall well-being. The connection between untreated gum disease and various health conditions underscores the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene practices and seeking professional dental care regularly. By preventing and treating gum disease promptly, you can reduce the risk of developing associated health issues and improve your overall quality of life.

As a trusted dental professional, Dr. Mitzi Morris encourages patients to prioritize their oral health and seek timely treatment for gum disease. Remember, a healthy smile goes hand in hand with a healthy body. Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings at our Roswell dental clinic, practice diligent oral hygiene, and work with Dr. Morris to maintain optimal oral health, ensuring a positive impact on your overall health and well-being.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

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  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

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