If you have gum disease, it can cause a number of health conditions that can affect you emotionally and physically. That is because the disease is caused by bacteria – germs that can travel to other parts of the body. Also, any inflammation or infection can spread to another body area. Therefore, treating the problem is paramount to good health. The following information will give you more insight into this dental condition.
Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. The infection affects the gum tissue that anchor the teeth. The condition results from poor oral hygiene habits. If you don’t brush at least twice a day or floss at least once daily, a sticky and clear film, known as plaque, builds up on the teeth. When this happens, the plaque can harden into a substance known as tartar.
If the tartar is not removed by a professional cleaning, the gums can become infected and bleed. The resulting bacteria can negatively impact the health, as it can increase health problems for people who have diabetes or immune system disorders. Also, scientist have found that people with gum disease are at a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke.
To treat the symptoms related to gum disease, we work at controlling the infection. How we choose to do this will depend on the medical history of the patient and the extent of the periodontal disease. Along with our care, we suggest that you maintain a regular dental regimen, brushing your teeth and flossing each day. If you smoke, we will also recommend that you quit the habit.
Do you believe you have gum disease? You may have the condition if you have swollen and red gums and you experience pain or sensitivity when you eat. Recession is another indicator that you may have the disease. If you have not had a dental checkup within the last six months, now is the time to schedule an appointment. Call us today!Â