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At Mountain Family, our goal is to treat the whole person through sophisticated, integrated, and affordable healthcare. We know that dental and mental health impact our overall health, with new research coming out daily to support the brain, body, and oral health connection.  
Gum disease, or periodontitis, isn’t just a dental issue — it’s linked to overall health. Periodontitis starts with plaque buildup, leading to gum inflammation and, if untreated, bone damage. 

Research shows that periodontitis is associated with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. Inflammation caused by gum disease can spread throughout the body, increasing the risk of various health problems. 

Moreover, the bacteria from gum disease can travel through the bloodstream, potentially causing infections in other organs. For instance, oral bacteria may contribute to lung infections when aspirated into the respiratory tract. 

Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease, and untreated periodontitis can worsen blood sugar control. 

To protect your health, prioritize good oral hygiene: regular dental check-ups, daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and avoiding tobacco. By caring for your gums, you’re not just preserving your smile — you’re safeguarding your entire body against potential health issues. 

Preventative cleanings and check-ups are the best way to maintain good dental health. Call 970-945-2840 to schedule an appointment with our talented dental team.