MILTON, ON – Recent researches show that periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) may be related to many chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, strokes and diabetes. That happens when the accumulation of bacteria (plaque) around the teeth travels to other tissues on the body.
The link between periodontal disease and other health problems is the inflammation. Since it is a natural response of the body when facing an infection, it can add more inflammatory portions in the blood, worsening other conditions. On the bright side, OASIS DENTAL MILTON reminds that treating periodontal disease can decrease the chances of complicating the cases.
The earliest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis, a condition that can be reversed and never turn into periodontal disease by simply brushing and flossing the teeth daily. If not controlled, it can cause the gradual separation of the gums and root of the tooth, which will eventually lead to the inflammation of the tissue that holds the teeth, making it more likely to get loose or fall.
There are a few signs that might indicate that someone has periodontal disease, like swollen and red gums; bleeding gums; persistent bad breath; loose teeth, and brown stains along the gum line. Although periodontal disease is mainly caused by the lack of decent oral hygiene, there are other factors that may increase the risk of getting the disease: genes; tobacco; stress; the use of medicines (Phenytoin, Cyclosporine and Nifedipine); poor nutrition, and more.
TREATING PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Luckily, periodontal disease can be treated. The dentist or periodontist operates a deep cleaning procedure, known as scaling and root planning, that removes hardened plaque. It is important to remember that keeping your gums healthy is the best way to prevent periodontal disease and further complications. That being said, having proper oral hygiene habits and visiting the dental office every 6 months is enough to keep your gums healthy for a lifetime.
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