Periodontal Disease

  • Posted on: Feb 20 2015

Periodontal Disease and Your Health

You already know that regular brushing and flossing are good for your teeth, but did you know that they are also good for your overall health?

By taking good care of your teeth and gums you help prevent periodontal disease; and research has shown that preventing periodontal disease may have a positive impact on other health concerns.

The American Academy of Periodontology found that “that there is an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease,” and that “treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.”

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Proof that good care of your gums goes a long way.

What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue that supports your teeth. It attacks the gums and tissues causing inflammation and irritation, and in severe cases, pockets between the gums and teeth. It’s often known as gingivitis-the early stage of the disease.

How can it be prevented?
Gum disease is caused by plaque and can be prevented by removing plaque from your teeth – brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and maintaining regular dental check-ups and periodontal exams. (Avoiding tobacco and eating a healthy, balanced diet helps too.) It’s particularly important to maintain care, as periodontal disease can occur without noticeable symptoms.

How will I know if I have Periodontal Disease?
Warning signs, according the American Dental Association, may include:

* Gums that bleed easily
* Red, swollen, tender gums
* Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
* Persistent bad breath or bad taste
* Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
* Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
* Any change in the fit of partial dentures

If you notice any signs, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mulder. Pregnant women and those who smoke or chew tobacco, have defective fillings or bridges that don’t fit properly, have systemic diseases, or take certain types of medication (such as steroids, oral contraceptives, and anti-epilepsy drugs) may be at higher risk for periodontal disease.

With proper care and regular check-ups with Dr. Mulder, you can maintain a lifetime of healthy gums.

Published by: Grand Rapids Dentistry Blog – A Life of Smiles
A Grand Rapids, Michigan based cosmetic, general & sedation dentistry

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