Gum disease is a serious concern that can cause gum recession, tooth loss, and other oral health issues. This condition is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Keeping your gums healthy requires both consistent at-home oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. Drs. Joe McIntyre, Dan Whiting, and Kelsey Rockey at Smiles for Life in Harrisonburg, VA. invite you to learn more about why periodontal treatment matters.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and calculus. These substances contain bacteria. When left to collect along the gum line, these bacterial layers produce toxins that inflame the gum tissue. Your body reacts by withdrawing the tissue from the area of inflammation. This process can lead to a range of oral health issues and impact the overall health of your body.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of American adults struggle with gum disease. Tight-knit tissue fibers surround each tooth. When these tissues are compromised, bacteria in your mouth can enter your bloodstream. Suddenly, these bacteria can reach all the other systems in your body and can cause infection, injury, and inflammation.
Studies indicate that periodontal disease raises your risk for a variety of serious health conditions, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Premature and low-weight babies
While the effects of gum disease are still being studied, clear links exist between chronic inflammation and serious health concerns. Keeping your gums healthy maintains the seal around your teeth and prevents bacteria from harming your immune system. Regular periodontal maintenance, both at home and in your dentist's office, is the most effective way to avoid the dangers of gum disease.
The most affordable way to protect your smile against gum disease is consistent periodontal maintenance.
Protect Your Health and Save Money
The most affordable way to protect your smile against gum disease is consistent periodontal maintenance. A proper maintenance routine involves daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to our office for cleanings and exams. These steps can prevent the need for more extensive and costly procedures. An office visit is typically covered by dental insurance and requires only a small co-pay. In contrast, treatments to reverse the effects of periodontal disease can require a much greater out-of-pocket expense.
At Smiles for Life, our team provides comprehensive periodontal maintenance treatments to remove plaque and calculus deposits. Our hygienists use specialized tools to perform professional cleanings that can reach areas your brush cannot. If you are experiencing gum disease, we can provide the pinhole surgical technique, scaling, and root planing to restore the health of your gums.
Protect Your Smile
Gum disease is a serious condition that can affect every aspect of your health. Consistent periodontal maintenance is the simplest and most effective method of avoiding gum disease. For more information about the periodontal care we offer, contact us online or call (540) 828-2312 to speak to a member of our team today.