As more studies about periodontal health emerge, we now understand how it’s connected with other health concerns in the body. Many of the same markers that are associated with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease, are also associated with periodontal disease. Taking care of your oral health has never been more important! Your dentist in Cupertino discusses the link between oral and overall health.
What is Periodontal Disease?
When excessive plaque buildup causes your gums to separate from your teeth, it allows harmful bacteria below your gum line. This bacteria will cause an infection of your soft tissue and bone that will eventually begin to destroy them if left untreated. This is known as periodontal (gum) disease.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease in which you may notice that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, or they appear red and swollen. If you see these signs, it’s time to be proactive about your oral health and contact Alpine Dental Care. Gingivitis can be effectively managed with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine if it’s detected early on.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease in which tooth loss can occur. This stage requires a deeper cleaning, and our doctors may recommend other therapies to help manage your condition.
The Oral Systemic Link
We now understand that the bacteria that result from periodontitis can enter into your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body, contributing to the inflammation that causes serious health concerns. We also realize that people who suffer from diabetes or heart disease also have a greater chance of developing gum disease. This is known as the oral systemic connection.
Contact Alpine Dental Care
Dr. Shen and Dr. Hotz understand that your oral health affects your overall health and well being. For this reason, we recommend that our patients see us every six-months or twice per year. For patients who struggle with gum disease, we may recommend additional cleanings to help you keep it under control. We’re also well equipped to help you effectively manage any stage of gum disease you may be facing.
Do you want to learn more about the oral systemic connection? Contact our office today!