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Gum Disease Can Make You Tired

Posted on 12/23/2016 by Janie Bell
A close up of a patients mouth suffering from gum disease.
Most people don't realize how far reaching the effects of gum disease really are. Gum disease affects far more than your teeth and gums. It can affect how much weight your body holds on to, how sick or healthy you are, and it can even zap your energy.

If you have been feeling overly tired and your doctor doesn't have a good reason for it, you may want to go in and see your dentist.

How Gum Disease Makes You Feel Tired

Gum disease is the inflammation of your gums. It is typically because plaque has pushed its way beneath the gums and gotten infected. The bacteria are causing inflammation in your gums, and that is causing chronic problems with your teeth and gums. However, that inflammation is something your entire body is trying to fight.

When one part of your body, any part in fact, gets inflamed, your body responds. It sends cells to fight the inflammation. At first, your body will be able to keep the inflammation in check. However, after a while, your body is going to fall behind as the inflammation gets worse. The problem is, your body isn't going to stop trying. It is going to keep making and sending those same cells to fight inflammation, and it is going to exhaust you in the process.

Working to fight against inflammation for an extended period of time is exhausting. It is going to cause your body to be too tired to fight off other ailments, and you are going to wind up sicker in the long run because of this inner-battle.

If you want to be able to have the healthiest chance possible of fighting off whatever ailments come your way, give your body a rest. Contact our office today if you are suffering from gum disease.

D. Ian Bell, D.D.S.
Advanced Aesthetic, Restorative & Family Dentistry
Bellevue-Redmond Professional Center

15613 Bel-Red Rd, Suite A
Bellevue, WA 98008-2348
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