Gum Disease: A Whole-Body Health Concern
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a chronic inflammatory condition. You may think that, because of the name, gum disease only impacts your smile. In actuality, gum disease can put whole-body health at risk. Dr. Amy Moubry is a Southern Pines NC dentist who provides targeted care to alleviate gum disease symptoms to make smiles – and bodies – the best they can be.
What’s the Fuss?
Early stage gum disease is called gingivitis. It starts out mildly enough. You might notice red, swollen gum tissue or see some blood when you brush or floss. But don’t let the stealthy symptoms of gingivitis lull you into thinking that it’s no big deal.
Left to progress, gum disease disrupts the foundation of your smile, destroying the bonds that hold teeth and gums together. Pockets of infection may form at the gumline. Teeth can loosen and cause problems with chewing and bite alignment. In its worst form, called periodontitis, gum disease can result in tooth, gum, and bone loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
But the bad news doesn’t stop there. Scientific studies have linked gum disease with negative health conditions that impact the entire body. The bad bacteria that cause gum disease have easy access to internal systems. Osteoporosis, heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes complications, low birth weight, premature birth, and dementia are just a handful of the issues associated with gum disease.
What Can You Do?
Make sure that you brush and floss as directed by the dentist. Schedule – and attend! – regular checkups and cleanings. Proper care of your smile can reverse, and even prevent, gingivitis. If you have gum disease that has progressed beyond gingivitis, Dr. Moubry will explain your options for care, which may include non-invasive topical antibiotic therapy and a deep cleaning to renew gum health.
If you notice that your gums look a little red or puffy, see blood when brushing, experience chronic bad breath, or notice anything off kilter about your teeth or gums, call us. Your Southern Pines dentist at Moubry Family Dentistry can help you improve whole-mouth and whole-body health.