Your Gums Could Improve Your Vision this New Year

Looking for a healthier you this year? It starts with your gums, and teeth – of course!

A healthy mouth will keep you healthier this year; especially, if you can steer clear of gum disease, or reduce and control its symptoms.

Healthy Gums Could Help Your VisionWe talk a lot about the health risks associated with periodontal disease – aka gum disease. Why? Because it’s linked with many diseases such as diabetes, dementia, heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems. Now, glaucoma can be added to this list.

Recent research now suggests that infection and inflammation linked to gum disease may travel between the mouth and the eyes. The inflammation that originates from gum disease increases pressure in the eye which can begin to damage the eye’s optic nerve.

Since January is considered National Glaucoma Awareness Month, what better time to better understand Glaucoma and the connection between the health of your gums and the health of your eyes.

So, what is glaucoma? It’s a progressive disease that affects the eye’s optic nerve. This is the nerve that transmits images and information to the brain. Over time this on-going pressure can lead to irreversible vision loss.

People over the age of 40 are at a greater risk for developing glaucoma, and it’s one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60. Because it has no symptoms in its earliest stages, most people aren’t aware they have it, unless they test for it. Currently, over 3 million Americans have it, but only about 50% of people with this disease even know they have it.

There is no cure (yet) for glaucoma, but if it’s caught early, there are options to help preserve your vision and prevent vision loss – this may include a combination of diet, exercise, eye drops, laser therapy or other treatments, and taking better care of your gums!

Check Your Eye Pressure

Having glaucoma is serious, but getting it detected early can save your vision. A routine eye examination can identify glaucoma early with a comprehensive dilated eye exam, so if there are any signs of high eye pressure a treatment plan can begin as early as possible.

Take On Gum Disease

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), more than 40% of U.S. adults aged 30 years or over have some form of gum disease, and 7.8% of those adults have severe periodontitis.

The good news, gum disease can be prevented, and it can be stopped. And you don’t quite need super-hero efforts to do it either. You just need to be mindful of it, and enlist a little help from your friendly Burien neighborhood gum disease fighting dentists!

Click here to learn more about gum disease, its symptoms + how to treat it!

While we can’t examine your eyes, we can definitely help you keep your gums and teeth healthy.

If you believe you have gum disease, please call us at (206) 242-0066 to schedule an exam and consultation, or request your appointment online. We’ll review the health of your gums and, based on the level of your gum disease, we’ll help you develop a treatment plan to eliminate it, or help you effectively manage it.

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