Periodontal disease – also known as gum disease – is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other health complications.
It affects over 70 percent of people aged 65 and older in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More women are affected by it than men.
The Whole-Body Connection
Did you know? An inflammatory condition in the mouth may affect other parts of the body, too.
When someone has periodontal disease, the gums begin to recede from your teeth, making it very easy for harmful bacteria and toxins to enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. Research has found links between gum disease and various types of cancer.
In other words, oral health is important for your overall health, as the condition of your teeth and gums can determine what other health issues you may have.
If fear and anxiety has kept you from having regular dental cleanings and exams, you are putting the health of your teeth and gums at risk. Dental problems like tooth decay, enamel erosion, cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer can result. These conditions may progress slowly, often without visible symptoms.
Now that you understand the correlation between the health of your gums and the rest of your body, it’s important to take care of your oral health – now.
The only way to effectively treat gum disease is to visit your dentist, so that he or she can assess and administer the right form of treatment as soon as possible. Combating periodontal disease can save your teeth as well as your overall health.
When is the last time you had your oral health professionally checked? Make sure your gums are as healthy as they should be. While there, your dentist also can check your mouth for signs of oral cancer.
Don’t compound your health issues. To learn more about what your dentist says about your periodontal health, call Dedicated Dental at (702) 566-5509 to request an appointment or request an appointment online.