Gum Disease Links to Overall Health

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a progressive condition that can lead to severe oral health problems if not addressed promptly. Common signs of this disease include bleeding or receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and irritation in the gum area. These symptoms indicate an ongoing infection and deterioration of the gum tissue, tooth root structure, and other soft tissues within the mouth.

Gum Disease Links to Overall Health

The Importance of Healthy Gums

The integral role healthy gums play in maintaining the integrity of your smile cannot be overstated. At Loyalsock Dental in Williamsport, PA, we prioritize the preservation of the gums. This means preventing gum disease and other problems.

Regular dental exams allow us to screen for early indications of gum disease. During this appointment, we can discuss preventive efforts, like lifestyle changes or medical conditions, that can affect your gum health.

Our team believes strongly in educating patients about their unique risk factors and providing guidance on how best to maintain healthy gums between visits. We understand that establishing a doctor-patient relationship founded on open communication can help prevent periodontal or dental issues long-term.

Dr. Kim can treat gum disease with targeted periodontal therapy adjusted to the condition of your teeth and gums. Those with certain medical conditions or advanced gum disease may need personalized care plans to stabilize oral health.

Heart Disease and Oral Health: A Potential Connection?

An association exists between heart diseases and oral health – specifically concerning gum disease, according to The American Heart Association. Studies suggest that oral infections like gum disease cause systemic inflammation that can make it harder to manage cardiovascular conditions like heart disease. They do not support a definitive cause of gum disease contributing to strokes, heart attacks, or other medical emergencies.

Regardless, it remains evident that gum disease affects the connective tissues that support teeth and is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. To maintain good oral health, which includes prevention of gum disease and tooth decay, you should brush your teeth at least twice daily with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, clean between teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaner, eat a balanced diet, and limit snacks between meals.

These actions will get rid of plaque and bacterial build-up that naturally collects on your teeth. If left on your smile, bacteria will spread to infect the gum tissue. Then you will need intervention from a dentist to get rid of gum disease promptly before it causes serious damage.

Regular visits for oral examinations and professional cleaning are also highly encouraged. In essence, there seems to be a potential link between overall health – particularly heart disease – and gum disease. Hence maintaining healthy gums could potentially have positive implications beyond just your smile.