Gum Disease and Dental Health
Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Healthy gums have a pink and firm appearance, do not bleed easily, and fit snugly around the root of your teeth. In mild cases, gum disease usually does not cause pain and is hence difficult to appreciate the disease. As the disease progresses patients may develop signs and symptoms of gingivitis.
Oral health is not only important to our appearance and sense of wellbeing, but it also has an impact on our general health. The health of your mouth, teeth and gums may affect your overall health. Gum disease and cavities may be associated with other serious health conditions.
Periodontal Disease and Diabetes
Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums fills with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth leading to tooth loss.
Periodontal Disease, Heart Disease and Stroke
Periodontal disease is linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. The beginning of gum disease is marked by bleeding gums during procedures such as brushing or flossing. If gum disease is left untreated for a long time, the disease causing bacteria may enter the blood circulation and result in various health problems.
Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a bacterial infection destroying the soft tissues and bones that support your teeth. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that can increase the risk of dental problems, which in turn can affect the health of your developing baby.
Periodontal Disease & Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, a bone disease characterized by decrease in bone mass and density, may be associated with tooth loss. As the jaw bone that supports and anchors the teeth loses its density, the teeth loosen from their sockets. Periodontal disease causes bone loss around the teeth. Both periodontal disease and osteoporosis are associated with bone loss.
Periodontal Disease & Respiratory Disease
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a bacterial infection that can destroy the soft tissues and bone that support the teeth. Recent research has demonstrated an association between periodontal disease and several respiratory conditions.