How Your Mouth Affects your Overall Health
Gum disease is a serious dental problem. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and strokes. Learn how you can prevent gum disease and protect your overall health
It has been estimated that some human cases have form of gum disease, which has been linked to serious health complications and causes various dental problems that are often avoidable.
Signs of Gum Disease Include:
• Red, bleeding, and/or swollen gums
• Bad breath
• Mobility of the teeth
• Tooth sensitivity caused by receding gums
• Abscessed teeth
• Tooth loss
Treatments for Gum Disease
Depending on the type of gum disease, some of the available treatment options are:
• Removal of plaque and calculus done by your dentist.
• Medications such as chlorhexidine gluconate, a mouth rinse prescribed by your dentist help kill the bacteria in your mouth, along with frequent cleanings.
• Surgery may be necessary in certain cases to stop, halt, or minimize the progression of periodontal disease. Surgery is also used to replace bone that was lost in advanced stages of the disease.
What Can I Do to Prevent Gum Disease?
Proper brushing and flossing is the easiest way to reduce and prevent gum disease, but regular cleanings with your dentist are necessary to remove calculus and treat advanced gum disease. If you are concerned that you may have gum disease, contact us .
Recent studies suggest gum disease may contribute to or be warning signs of potentially life threatening conditions such as:
Heart Disease and Stroke
Chronic Kidney Disease
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