Did you know that your dental health impacts your overall health? It's true! Science has shown us links between periodontal (gum) disease and other systemic health problems like heart disease. Here's what you should know about protecting your dental health and well-being.
What Is Gum Disease?
Essentially an infection of the support system for your teeth, gum disease attacks the surrounding bone and soft tissues that support your smile. When you don't remove plaque and bacteria daily, it builds up and begins to irritate your gums. Early gum disease is known as gingivitis, and you may notice that your gums are sore, red, and swollen. They might also bleed during brushing and flossing.
Schedule a professional teeth cleaning and checkup with your dentist if you notice these symptoms. Early detection of gum disease leaves you with more options for treating it.
Periodontitis is advanced gum disease, and this stage brings pain during chewing, tooth mobility, and a foul taste or odor in your mouth. There's no cure for periodontitis; however, you can often successfully manage it with a deep cleaning and additional cleanings with your hygienist throughout the year.
Your dentist may also recommend antibiotic therapy to help manage gum disease in Bonita Springs, and a more severe case of periodontitis may require surgery.
The Oral Systemic Connection
We now understand that the bacteria that contribute to the inflammation causing gum disease can also contribute to other inflammation in the body. Gum disease has been linked with problems like:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Low birthweight babies
We know that the bacteria causing gum disease can enter the bloodstream and make their way to other areas of the body that impact the inflammation causing these issues. So if you have heart disease, you may be more likely to develop gum disease and vice versa.
It's Never Too Late to Get Your Dental Health on Track
Don't wait to contact your Bonita Springs dentist at (239) 301-2713 if it's time for your next teeth cleaning and checkup.