Why is periodontal disease such a big problem?
Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is a serious problem for millions of people. It is not only a threat to your oral health, but it can have an impact on your general health as well.
If not treated at our dental office, periodontal disease can significantly damage your dental health. It is a bacterial infection that can gradually eat away at healthy gum tissue. This, in turn, causes loosening of your teeth, deterioration of your jaw bone and, eventually, tooth loss.
But recent studies now indicate that there is also a definite relationship between the health of your mouth and your overall well-being. This connection is referred to as the oral-systemic link. It is believed that the bacteria generated by periodontal disease is carried by your bloodstream to other parts of your body. This can potentially result in complications with heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and more.
Considering the damage that periodontal disease can do to your dental and general health, it just makes sense to use all the preventive treatments available to reduce the threat. Twice-yearly professional dental cleanings are essential because you cannot eliminate gum disease by brushing alone.
Please protect your oral health and contact our dental office to make an appointment for a professional cleaning.