Did you know that the health of your smile could impact your overall health? In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the mouth-body connection, particularly how gum disease impacts our heart health. When should patients in Brighton, MA, see us for treatment? How do we prevent gum disease and protect our health in the process?

The Mouth and Body Connection

Periodontal disease is a serious oral health concern, impacting over half of adults aged 30 and older according to the Centers for Disease Control. Without treatment, the disease is linked to the onset of adult tooth loss. However, recent studies have also shown that the presence of bacteria from periodontal disease in the blood stream could account for higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, poor lung health, and stroke. Pregnant women with the disease may experience a higher risk of premature birth as well. Understanding the severity of gum disease, and the connection to health issues that impact our entire body, is key to making good decisions that improve your oral hygiene.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

The disease forms when the gum tissue becomes inflamed. Eventually, the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets. Bacteria infiltrate these pockets and the disease develops. People may begin to experience soreness or bleeding, as well as a red appearance in the gum tissue. In order to prevent the disease, you should seek treatment in the inflammation stage. Attending routine six-month visits enables our team to monitor your smile and identify risk factors early on. Prevention may include routine brushing and flossing at home, avoiding cigarettes and other tobacco products, and seeing your dentist for routine dental cleanings, which removes plaque buildup to control inflammation.

Treatment and Management

While gingivitis can be reversed, once periodontal disease forms, managing the issue becomes the concern. Routine care can help prevent periodontitis, the advanced stage responsible for adult tooth loss. Scaling and root planing could be used to remove plaque from the teeth and roots. For severe cases, we may employ surgery to remove the infected tissues and restore oral health. If you begin to notice soreness or bleeding in your smile, please let us know right away. Treatment could be key for securing your overall health and avoiding serious complications. If you have any questions, please contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Gum Health?

At Brighton Family Dental Group, our team wants to use general and preventive care to help protect your smile. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Cambridge, Brookline, and all neighboring communities.