Periodontal Disease… Who Knew?
Patients who are living with untreated and uncontrolled gum disease are at an increased risk for dental diseases such as tooth loss, but also life threatening conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and complications during pregnancy.
In recent years, there has been a growing body of evidence that recognizes the link between your oral health and your overall health. This connection is astounding! By controlling oral plaque and eliminating inflammation you can protect your teeth as well as your general health.
Periodontal disease is a chronic (ongoing) infection that is characterized by inflammation. When plaque bacteria are allowed to colonize below the gum line, the result is the onset of your body’s natural inflammatory response. Red and bleeding gums, swelling, bad breath, and bone loss can signal an infection that requires professional attention. Though these symptoms can be uncomfortable and unattractive, the underlying consequences of events could be far worse. Ignore appropriate care and the infection can weaken your immune system and increase your risk for systemic health problems. The signals your body send out (special proteins to fight an injury or an infection) should be heeded. Unfortunately, when the infection persists for a long time, high levels of those proteins can begin to circulate throughout your blood stream. In time, this ongoing inflammatory response can begin to affect your heart, your blood vessels and arteries and even make conditions such as diabetes difficult to control. Periodontal disease and its side-effects are virtually impossible to treat on your own. You’ll need to recruit the help of an experienced dental professional for the best chances of recovery. Not simply for your oral health, but for your systemic health as well. Hughes Dental Group takes a keen interest and responsibility in assisting you throughout the process. To learn more about your periodontal health, call for your appointment today.