Don’t Let Your Gums Destroy Your Health
- November 24, 2015
Don’t Let Your Gums Destroy Your Health
Welcome back to our oral health and dentistry blog.
It is hard to believe that Labor Day has come and gone and that summer is quickly becoming a distant memory.
There’s no doubt that life is busy again for the families of Plainville, CT.
With all that you have to manage in terms of work, home, and school activities, we try to keep your dental solutions easy and convenient for you at Gentle Dental Care.
In our office on East Street, we deliver a wide range of services including preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and, of course, sedation dentistry to make all of your visits a comfortable experience.
We also try to focus on education appropriate to the age of each person in your family.
Lecturing is not our thing, but sometimes our dental conversations turn to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
On the surface, it seems out of place for a dentist to discuss such medical issues, right?
But, it turns out that these conditions are actually correlated to gum disease.
For today’s blogpost, we thought it might be useful to work through just how it is that gum disease relates to those major health concerns while also wreaking havoc in your mouth.
We will also examine what we can do to prevent gum disease or treat it early on.
Gum Disease Is All Too Common
We have found that gum disease is a common dental problem that, in its early stages, is not something that you will likely spot on your own.
When it first starts out as gingivitis, it will mildly irritate your soft tissues.
It is a bacterial infection that stems from any plaque or tartar that is missed by your brushing and left to fester in your mouth.
Even though it is easily treated and the damage can be reversed at this point, it takes a highly trained eye, like that of your Gentle Dental Care dentist or hygienist, to see it early on.
Tenderness, bleeding, and swelling of your gums is easier to detect.
But by that time, the infection has progressed into the second stage which is full-fledged periodontal disease.
Your Mouth Will Suffer
Gum disease affects your gums and the bone that supports your teeth, not the teeth themselves.
However, you will feel your gums begin to retreat away from your teeth as the bacteria weakens your gum tissue.
While your teeth may not be infected, they can still become loosened and dislodged because there will be nothing left to support them.
At Gentle Dental Care, we know that there are lots of possible ways to lose a tooth as an adult.
That said, gut gum disease is the number one cause of this scenario in the United States, and those statistics likely hold true for Plainville, CT as well.
Your Body Will Be At Risk
Losing your permanent teeth from a bloody, tender mouth sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it?
Just wait, it actually gets worse.
Gum disease seldom stops at damaging your mouth.
Your gums, teeth, and bone will be the first to feel the effects, but the rest of your body will also suffer consequences from this infection if the infection gets into your bloodstream.
Research has shown that the bacteria that causes gum disease is also linked with many life-threatening illnesses.
Once gum disease bacteria begins making its way through your body, it can cause clots to form, lead to heart disease, and possibly result in a heart attack.
Gum disease is also linked with several forms of cancer including pancreatic cancer, which is generally caught late and difficult to treat.
We always encourage our diabetic patients to take extra special care of their teeth because gum disease can make it tough to keep blood sugar levels under control.
Once your blood sugar levels are out of sorts, your immune system gets out of whack, which allows gum disease to continue spreading throughout your body without much resistance.
You Can Change Your Fate
While there are some truly terrifying things that can result from gum disease, the encouraging thing is that all of these are preventable.
If you are brushing and flossing daily, and coming into our Plainville, CT dental office for a professional cleaning every three to six months, you won’t have much to worry about.
This is because our cleanings can build on what you are doing at home to keep plaque and tartar at bay.
What’s more, our thorough dental exams will allow us to spot signs of gum disease early enough to shut it down before it runs wild.
Find Out More From Our Gentle Dental Care Specialists
Are you ready to learn more about preventing gum disease and how to better maintain a healthy mouth and body?
Or do you suspect that you already have some level of gum disease and want to find an effective treatment?
Contact the Gentle Dental Care team today to set up an appointment or consultation in our Plainville, CT dentistry office.