Your overall health starts with your oral health.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a gum infection that comes from bacteria buildup in plaque. The plaque and bacteria build up on teeth from food and drinks and then stick to teeth and gums and become inflamed. Left unremoved, plaque can get further and further down the gum line and once bacteria reaches bone, it can cause bone loss and is irreversible.
Why does it matter?
Periodontal disease is linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, obesity and pregnancy. Periodontal disease makes any of these conditions much more difficult to manage and can cause more problems. Bacteria in the mouth can reach other parts of the body through the bloodstream, causing these complications. The cleaner your teeth and your gums are, the healthier your whole body will be.
How do I know if I’m at risk?
Only a dentist or a registered dental hygienist can identify signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. This is why having a dental home and continuing to receive regular check up is so important.
Tell your dentist or hygienist if you have any bleeding in your gums when you brush or floss, if you have any pain in your mouth or any changes in how your gums look or feel.
What can I do?
To maintain your overall health, you need to take care of your oral health. This means having a dental home and brushing and flossing every day. This is even more important if you already have periodontal disease. Continuing to see your dentist regularly is extremely important, as they may be able to identify any underlying medical conditions. Remember to always let your doctor and your dentist know of any health changes or important information.