How can gum disease influence your general health?
DID YOU KNOW?
Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, oral cancer and diabetes.
Gum disease begins when plaque adheres at and below the visible edge of your gums. If plaque is not removed every day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar (also called calculus). Tartar promotes a bacterial infection at the point of attachment. In these early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis.
What if I am already in the early stages of gum disease?
If you have gum disease, getting rid of plaque and tartar gives your gums a chance to get better. That’s why in the early stages of gum disease, the best treatment is coming in to see us for a professional cleaning and dental examination, to assess your teeth and gums. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day at home is the simplest and easiest way to stop the disease and help your gums heal.
Diabetics and Gum Disease
Uncontrolled diabetics can have 4 times the bone loss of healthy people. And diabetics are 3 times as likely to develop periodontal disease. Smoking diabetics are 20 times more likely to develop gum disease and lose their teeth. Concerned or have questions, please give us a call.
One question often asked is my gums bleed is this a problem?
Bleeding after brushing or flossing can be unsettling. It can also be a sign of an otherwise silent disease — periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a leading cause of tooth loss. It is a build-up of bacteria from plaque and tartar that can inflame or infect gum and bone. If your gums bleed after brushing or flossing come in today for a checkup and cleaning.
Here is an important fact we need to keep in mind:
Most tooth loss in people over age 35 is from periodontal disease.
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Periodontal disease and it’s effects
You may not be familiar with Periodontitis, but we’ve all heard of heart disease, many of us having had to deal with it first hand.
Don’t let early signs go unnoticed. Schedule your regular appointment with your dentist and your physician to keep up on your health, in and beyond your mouth.
You can read more about Periodontitis and prevention by clicking “Early Periodontitis” under “Possible results after pocket readings:”
Call today to schedule a “pocket reading” for you and your dear ones.
Keep in mind that, Periodontal Disease is irreversible. You can stop it, but you can not go back to where you were before it. Gingivitis, the stage preceding Periodontal Disease, can be identified at your regular cleanings by your dentist, who can prescribe appropriate steps to reverse the problem.
What can you do to prevent Periodontal Disease and Gum Disease?
To avoid gum disease, it is imperative to not only brush twice a day for two minutes, but to floss regularly. Bleeding gums after flossing is an early sign of gum disease and means you should be flossing more often.
Also a very important measure for your own protection is never to miss your regular check ups, because it can literally save your life.
Learn more about gum disease, periodontal disease, and oral hygiene on our website here
Contact us today and we will set the right strategy for your particular case.
Are there any questions that are bothering you regarding oral health, gum disease, diabetes, general health, or any other inflammatory disease? If so, please submit you question to us and Dr. Violet Newman will answer you as soon as possible.