Dangers of Periodontal Disease
The bacteria that causes periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream through the gumline. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. Toxicity caused by poor oral hygiene can seriously affect one’s overall health. When untreated, periodontal disease can lead to other serious health conditions, such as:
- Heart Disease
- Alzheimer’s Diease
- Respiratory Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Pregnancy Complications, such as Premature Birth
By treating periodontal disease properly, a significant root cause of these conditions is eliminated.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums that leads to other systemic health problems. Its earliest form is called gingivits. Most people experience some early symptoms, and it is estimated that as many as half of americans suffer from periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of the symptoms of include:
- Red, Swollen, Puffy Gums
- Painful, Bleeding Gums
- Loose or Mobile Teeth
- Bad Breath
- Bad Taste in Mouth
- Pain During Eating
- Receding Gums
- A Change in the Way Teeth Fit Together
- Eventual Tooth Loss
It’s important to treat these symptoms early before they progress to more serious and possibly life-threatening conditions.
What is Treatment Like?
Periodontal disease is treated by eliminating bacteria in the mouth and preventing it from growing. The patient will undergo a program that allows the mouth and body to heal, which is achieved with medication, oral hygiene, diet, lifestyle changes, and rest.