Periodontal disease, most commonly known as gum disease, affects millions of people every day. It’s one of the most common oral health conditions and overall health conditions that people deal with on a regular basis. Many people struggle with gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, but a good number of people also suffer from periodontitis. This is the more severe stage of gum disease, and it can do more than just damage your gums, teeth, and mouth.
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
The most significant danger of periodontal disease isn’t what it can do to your mouth, although it can do a great amount of damage there. Instead, the bigger problem occurs when the bacteria that causes gum disease enters your bloodstream through the gums. Once it does that, it can travel to the heart as well as other parts of the body.
This can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, birthing difficulties and can even play a part in getting cancer. This is especially true if you don’t regularly have your teeth cleaned or have poor brushing habits. In addition, the worse your gum disease progresses, the greater the risk that you will suffer from major health issues.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
Like most oral diseases, the first and easiest way of preventing periodontal disease is to have good brushing and flossing habits. Brush twice a day and floss at least once. Make use of mouthwash when necessary. Doing this will keep the bacteria that cause periodontal disease from collecting on your gums and damaging them.
The second thing you need to do is visit us every six months for an exam and cleaning. This is where we will be able to notice gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. We will work with you to create a treatment plan if we see signs of this condition. Contact us today to make an appointment if you don’t have a cleaning currently scheduled.