Unhealthy gums threaten more than just your teeth. Recent research has shown that periodontal disease around teeth or dental implants (gingivitis, periodontitis or peri-implantitis) is associated with increased incidence of heart attacks, strokes, some forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and low-birth-weight babies. Treating periodontal disease can not only save teeth, but also save lives.
Periodontal disease is caused by pathogenic bacteria which leak into your bloodstream multiple times every day. These bacteria accumulate in the lesions of atherosclerosis (plaques) and can accelerate the process of arterial blockage, which causes heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Your body’s response to these bacteria is inflammation, which involves many hormones that increase blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and damage to your arteries. Treating periodontal disease reverses these processes, reducing blood pressure, circulating cholesterol (including LDL and VLDL), and arterial damage.
Signs of periodontal disease include:
Bleeding gums (when brushing, flossing, chewing or spontaneously)
Loose or shifting teeth
Persistent bad taste in your mouth
Sensitivity to brushing or chewing
Any of these signs indicate the need for a periodontal examination. Early diagnosis and intervention usually means that conservative non-surgical treatment will increase your chances of keeping your teeth for a long, long time. It will also increase your chances of living for a long, long time.
Please feel free to call us if you have any questions about these facts, and to share this information with your friends and family. Our mission is for you and them to live a long, happy, healthy life. With a smile.