Periodontal disease arises when there is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Typically, gum disease is the result of not brushing and flossing regularly. Poor oral hygiene can cause plaque buildup. If you have an advanced stage of this condition, you will suffer from bleeding gums. It is also difficult for you to chew your food.
But the periodontal disease is not only bad news for your mouth and teeth. The reason for this is that it will affect other parts of your body. It is especially true if your body over-reacts to the bacteria surrounding the gums. When it happens, it results in too much inflammation.
In some patients, the inflammation will not clear up, causing it to affect the bloodstream. If left untreated, it will affect the blood vessels in the heart and brain, leading to heart disease and heart attacks. It can also worsen diabetes.
Stroke and rheumatoid arthritis may also arise.
What are the Possible Causes of Periodontal Disease?
Even if your oral hygiene is perfect, your mouth will still be full of bacteria. However, it will be worse if you do not brush and floss your teeth daily.
Poor oral hygiene can cause plaque buildup. If it is not removed, it hardens and forms tartar, which can’t be removed through brushing and flossing alone. Mabry & Coniglio Dentistry will clean and remove it during your dental checkup.
Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease
Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease. Michael Mabry DDS MAGD recommends his patients to stop smoking as this habit can make gum disease treatment less successful.
If you do not eat essential nutrients, your body’s immune system will be compromised. As a result, it will be difficult for you to fight off infection and inflammation, including periodontal disease. Keep in mind that this dental condition starts as an infection. It worsens through poor nutrition.
Is There a Treatment for Periodontal Disease?
The goal of treating this condition is to control the inflammation. The number of treatments will depend on the severity of the gum disease.
Regardless of the treatment, you need to follow good dental care at home. You also need to stop smoking.
Prevention is Better than Cure
Periodontal disease is treatable and preventable. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day can improve your oral health.
They can also prevent gum disease and tooth decay. As you prevent this disease from occurring, you are also reducing your risk of developing any health problems, like heart disease and stroke.
But don’t just brush your teeth twice a day. Make sure that, when you brush, it has to be a full two minutes per session. Then, use fluoride toothpaste. Don’t forget to clean between your teeth using floss.
For regular cleaning and checkup, make sure to visit Michael Mabry DDS MAGD twice a year or as recommended. If you are pregnant, he may suggest visiting his dental office more than twice a year. The reason for this is that you are at higher risk of developing periodontal disease because of hormonal changes.