One important challenge for dental practitioners nowadays is making kids aware of the strong connection between oral health and whole-body wellness. That begins with taking care of the gums — unhealthy gums mean unhealthy teeth, with possible negative effects on the rest of the body as well.
As we get older, gum disease is the source of a host of ailments: bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. The problems don’t always stop there, however; gum disease also causes bacterial buildup in the deep pockets between the teeth and gums. Diseased gums are prone to bleeding, which can cause that bacteria to transfer to the bloodstream, putting your child at risk of numerous health problems as they get older: heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes, ulcers, osteoporosis, and arthritis to name a few.