Have you noticed any recession in your gums? Or are you experiencing any swelling or redness affecting your comfort daily? Sadly, these symptoms could suggest periodontal disease, and whilst this condition is treatable, visiting a dentist for a checkup can support your oral health and overall health too.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontitis severely infects gums and teeth, and if left untreated for too long, it can do long term damage to the mouth. Periodontal disease is treatable, and generally speaking, the sooner the treatment, the better outlook for the longevity of teeth and gums.
Why Can Periodontal Disease Be Dangerous?
Besides the harsh effects orally, periodontitis is linked with a set of health conditions that affect the rest of the body and have even more severe health consequences. Some conditions include:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Certain cancers
- Cognitive impairment
- Chronic kidney disease
The association with other conditions shows how vital our gum and overall oral health is for the rest of our body. At Oasis Smiles Dental, we do our best to diagnose periodontal disease early in our patients to treat and avoid further complications.
What Can Cause Periodontal Disease?
Certain things that people eat, drink and some lifestyle decisions play a role in periodontal disease.
- Lack of good nutrition and unhealthy dietary choices
- Health conditions that potentially impact the immune system
- A person’s genetics can influence periodontitis
Avoiding Periodontal Disease
A healthy diet coupled with regular brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Seeing a dentist for regular checkups can also help catch any signs of periodontitis early and begin effective treatment.
At Oasis Smiles Dental, we take a proactive approach to periodontal disease. We want our patients in Tamworth and surrounding areas to have healthy teeth and gums to contribute to their overall health positively. We warmly invite you to contact our practice and arrange a consultation if you have any questions about periodontal disease.