Have you been told by your trusted dental team that you have periodontal disease? If so, take action to protect your oral health and your systemic health. Gum disease is linked to heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and more In today’s blog, your Seattle, WA, dentist discusses a few of these links and how we can help arrest the disease process.
The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Bacteria
Periodontal disease can be aggressive due to the nature of the bacteria associated with it. They can exacerbate inflammation, destroy tissue, and even enter your bloodstream threatening other areas of the body. If not effectively removed through the deep cleaning process, sometimes antibiotics are required. It is best to identify the signs of disease early like gingival inflammation and slight bleeding while the disease is more easily managed.
If you are pregnant, we take special precautions to keep your oral health optimized and your baby safe. Instead of taking x-rays, we use high-end intraoral cameras to visualize and monitor the gums and teeth. We understand that periodontal disease has an increased risk of complications such as premature birth, low birth weight, and pre-eclampsia so we monitor your gums carefully for subtle changes.
Impact on Cardiovascular Health
Research suggests a potential link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular health. The harmful bacteria associated with gum disease can enter the bloodstream and contribute to the development of narrowing and hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis. This increases the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
Diabetes and Gum Health
Individuals with diabetes are more prone to periodontal disease due to impaired immune responses and difficulty in controlling blood sugar levels. Conversely, untreated periodontal disease may worsen diabetic symptoms, making it harder to maintain stable glucose levels. The two conditions can create a vicious cycle, emphasizing the need for good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups for those with diabetes.
Schedule Your Check-Up Today
Periodontal disease is not solely a threat to your oral health but can have far-reaching consequences for your overall well-being. Maintaining good oral hygiene, including regular dental check-ups, professional cleanings, and prompt treatment of periodontal disease, is vital in mitigating these risks. Call Ballard Neighborhood Dentist in Seattle, WA today at (206)789-2555!