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Gum Disease and Your Health

woman holding jaw in painYour dental health contributes more to your overall health than you may realize.  If you have periodontal disease, the bacteria in your mouth can have a profound effect on the rest of your body. From arthritis to heart disease, periodontitis increases the risk of many chronic conditions–some of them life-threatening.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a buildup of bacteria and plaque that inflames the gums and can also affect the bone surrounding the teeth. This can cause teeth to become loose and even fall out. Start looking for gum disease treatment in Indianapolis right away if you have any of these warning signs:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Painful gums
  • Gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Pockets between the gums and teeth

Causes of Periodontal Disease

Bacteria is the primary cause of gum disease. If left on the teeth too long, bacteria will form a sticky substance called plaque that will slowly break down the teeth and harden into tartar. Tartar is too tough to remove with a toothbrush or floss, and irritates the gums, causing inflammation and beginning the vicious cycle of gum disease.

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes and periodontal disease unfortunately go hand in hand.  Those with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease due to excess sugar in the saliva, so it is important to keep an eye on your dental health as you strive to take care of your overall health. Developing periodontal disease also makes it more difficult to control your blood sugar, and can sometimes increase blood sugar levels.  

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease

While the mechanism of cause and effect has not yet been proven, there are strong associations between cardiovascular disease and gum disease. Many studies have found that people who have had a stroke are likely to have gum disease as well. Often, those with existing heart conditions find that gum disease can worsen their current symptoms. If you are at risk for heart conditions, it is wise to seek gum disease treatment in Fishers immediately.  

Periodontal Disease and Other Diseases

Gum disease has also been associated with cancer, osteoporosis, and respiratory disease.  It is always a good idea to treat periodontal disease immediately.

How to Combat Periodontal Disease

The easiest way to combat periodontal disease is to regularly brush and floss your teeth. This helps remove plaque that causes gum disease.  It is also important to visit our office twice a year for a deep cleaning and regular checkup. Dr. Edwards can remove tartar, offer treatment for periodontitis, and advise you on keeping your gums healthy. Make an appointment today!

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