Learn How Oral Health Affects Overall Health from Desert Dental Alternatives
Did you know that periodontal disease and decay can be linked to overall health including heart health and even lung disease? Periodontal health is an integral component of oral health care because it helps prevent gum disease, and dental decay, preserves teeth, and supports overall health.
Periodontium is the gum tissue and bone supporting your teeth, and good gum health is a huge part of overall health. Poor gum health is often linked to poor heart health, diabetes, and even dementia, along with several other health concerns.
Caring about your health means taking care of every aspect of the body, including the inside of your mouth. Don’t skip gum health when it comes to yearly exams and cleanings!
Periodontal Disease and Your Health
Gum health concerns are more than simple bleeding gums or the color of the gums around your teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, meaning early detection of gum disease, gingivitis, and gum loss is critical to prevent disease and further decay. When it progresses, the periodontal disease becomes the destruction of bone and gum tissue around the teeth.
Periodontal disease is commonly caused by plaque and tartar deposits along and under the gumline, wherein the bacteria cause tissue irritation and bone and gum detachment. When periodontal disease goes untreated, it causes inflammation throughout the body and strains the immune system.
Stress and inflammation of the immune system can eventually lead to heart issues, fertility issues, diabetes, stroke, lung disease, and preeclampsia. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream or other avenues in the body as it is the main entry point of the body.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
There are almost always signs of poor periodontal or oral health if you know what to look for. Bleeding gums are a sure sign of something wrong within the mouth, while healthy gums are strong, pliable, and should not show signs of bleeding, swelling, or inflammation.
Watch for the signs below in connection with a gm or oral bone health problem:
- Pain/tenderness when flossing
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Tartar build-up
- Tooth mobility/ loose teeth
- Sore, swollen gums
- Easily irritated gums
- Gum recession
Desert Dental Alternatives Provides Expert Periodontal Care
The oral health experts at Desert Dental Alternatives want you to have confidence in your gums and teeth, knowing you’re doing everything possible to prevent periodontal disease. We know oral care is just as important as overall physical health, so we offer exams, cleanings, and specialized services to make sure your smile is healthy and clean. Whether you are dealing with a periodontal issue or seeking preventative care, we are here to help.
Call Desert Dental Alternatives for periodontal care today!