Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures, tissue, and bone, that surround your teeth. Bacteria in plaque buildup that is not properly removed by daily brushing and flossing and regular cleanings causes your tissue to become inflamed and bleed when brushing and flossing. The build up of this bacteria is the cause of periodontal disease and can destroy the bone that supports your teeth over time causing them to become mobile. This bacteria is also the leading cause of bad breath.
Periodontal Disease and Your Health
In recent years, gum disease has been linked to other health problems. Researchers believe that oral bacteria can escape into the bloodstream and injure the major organs. Inflammation is a common denominator. One of the signs of periodontal disease is inflammation and can increase inflammation in other areas of the body. Other health problems that researchers are saying are linked to periodontal disease are:
Heart Disease: Studies have found that people with gum disease also have poor heart health. In 2009, an article was published in The American Journal of Cardiology encouraging cardiologists to ask their patients about their oral health.
Diabetes: Diabetic patients with periodontal disease may have a harder time controlling their blood sugar than those diabetic patients with healthy gums.
Stroke: Gum disease can increase the chance of the type of stroke caused by blocked arteries.
Dementia: Experts think oral bacteria may spread to the brain through cranial nerves that connect to the jaw or through the bloodstream and may contribute to the type of plaque that’s been linked to Alzheimer’s.
How to Treat Periodontal Disease
The first step in treating periodontal disease is to have your teeth cleaned by one of the hygienists at Dr. Blackhurst’s offices. The hygienists will work with you to educate you about periodontal disease, clean the harmful bacteria off of your teeth, and set you up with regular cleanings to monitor your progress. We want to work with you to keep you in good oral health and making brushing and flossing fun.