Dentistry just doesn’t focus on your teeth; it addresses your gum health, too. Healthy gums are essential for attractive, comfortable, functional teeth. But what may surprise you is that healthy gums are also essential to good overall health.
Today, over 85 percent of the population has some form of periodontal (gum) disease. The problem is that periodontal disease is very elusive. Often, it is misdiagnosed or simply ignored. There may not be any obvious symptoms. Gums may recede, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay, abscesses and loss – without any bleeding, tenderness or other indications of a problem.
Worst of all, periodontal disease can affect whole body health. The pockets of bacteria hiding below the gum line can increase your risk of:
• heart attack
• certain cancers, including
• rhuematoid arthritis
• controlling blood sugar in diabetes
• premature birth and preeclampsia
• low birth weight babies
• and other health concerns
Oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream may cause the liver to produce more proteins such as C-reactive protein, one of the known factors in many diseases. But there is good news. Gum disease is easily treatable – even reversible. And best of all, with the advancements made in modern dentistry, periodontal therapy is more comfortable, thorough and effective than ever before.