Why Gum Disease Matters to Your Health

Many people have skipped their dental visits during the pandemic and Covid-19 concerns.  Why is this an issue? According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, studies suggest a relationship between periodontal disease (gum disease) and the inflammation that can proceed heart attacks and strokes.  "Periodontal disease is an inflammatory process, and we know that chronic inflammation is linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease" says Dr. Christine Jellis, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic. 

 In my practice, about 65 % of patients over the age of 35 exhibit some form of gum disease, which aligns with the national average.

To treat gum disease, it is important to remove the biofilm that causes the infection and then curb the inflammation.  Brushing, flossing and using a Water Pik can remove plaque from your teeth.   To get the deposits of plaque and tarter from underneath the gumline that your home care can't reach, we use mechanical instruments at our office.  Sometimes we use a laser specifically designed to remove the plaque and tartar without any surgical incisions.

If your gums are bleeding, you have bad breath, your teeth are loose, there is pain and swelling in your mouth, or changes in coloration of your gums, it is time to get back to the dentist.  Your body will thank you!

Author
Archer Katz

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