Research has continuously shown that periodontal disease is linked to other conditions that may impact the rest of the body. The inflammation that occurs when the gums become infected can travel through the bloodstream, increasing your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Caring for your gums is just as important as keeping your teeth clean. Without brushing and flossing properly, bacteria will begin to build up in between your teeth and, over time, start to penetrate your gums. Preserving the health of your teeth often begins with maintaining your gums.
Periodontists have several years of training after graduation from dental school which makes them uniquely qualified to treat periodontal problems associated with systemic conditions.
Gum Disease and Systemic Health
Systemic health refers to the stability of your body, including your organs and tissues. There are several reasons why your systemic health may come into jeopardy, your gum health being part of the system. Although other lifestyle habits, like smoking, alcoholism or an unhealthy diet can deteriorate your whole system, the health of your dentition can certainly expedite any underlying problems with the rest of your body.
Your gums can become infected for a few reasons. Typically, bacteria that has developed into tartar can penetrate below your gum line and create the beginning stages of gum disease. Left untreated and the disease can deteriorate the gums, causing them to recede and your teeth to loosen, as well as triggering your bone to dissolve.
Treating Gum Disease
The first step to treating gum disease is to assess its severity. During an examination, your periodontist will determine the extent of damage the disease has caused and recommend a treatment option based on those findings.
The most common form of treatment for mild to moderate gum disease is scaling and root planing, which removes all the built-up bacteria from the tooth root and helps reattach the gums to the teeth. For more severe cases of gum disease, surgery or other restorative treatments may be necessary.
At the first signs of gum disease, it’s important to seek treatment. Symptoms include inflamed or bleeding gums, tender gums, bad breath, and toothaches. Not only will your teeth and gums begin to suffer, but also you are putting the rest of your body at risk.
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If you would like more information about gum disease or to get started on your treatment, contact Kenneth M. Lubritz, DDS, Periodontics & Dental Implants today!