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The Link Between Gum Disease and Other Serious Health Conditions in Chesapeake

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Aug2-Gum Disease Part 3

Our last blog touched on the basics of periodontal disease, the signs and symptoms, and the importance of getting any questionable areas checked out immediately. Today we’re going to discuss why a quick diagnosis of gum disease at our Chesapeake dental office is so important.

Gum disease is a condition that not only affects your mouth; it affects your entire body and overall health. Since gum disease originates in your mouth, the bacteria can be easily absorbed and transferred to other areas of your body through your bloodstream, your lungs, and even through other people. This bacteria can then contribute to several dangerous medical conditions including:

  • Lung Disease

  • Certain Cancers

  • Heart Attacks

  • Strokes

In fact, since higher blood levels of bacteria in the mouth can lead to a build-up of plaque in the carotid artery in the neck, people with periodontal disease are at double the risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke.

Although gum disease is a serious matter that can lead to dangerous medical problems, early detection and an active treatment plan can help stop it in its tracks. This makes keeping regularly scheduled appointments with your Chesapeake dentist so important.

If you’ve been experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, or if you’re due for a checkup and periodontal screening, all of us at The Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake would be happy to see you and to perform an in-depth oral examination. Call 866-861-7962  to schedule your appointment with us today! We look forward to seeing you.

Healthy Gums Make Good Sense in Chesapeake

Chesapeake Dentist

Aug1-Gum Disease Part 2

You know we’re always happy to see you at The Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry. We think of you as part of our extended family, so we’re truly concerned when we see patients with periodontal disease, or what we usually call “gum disease.”

When gum disease is in its early stages, you might not even be aware that there’s a problem. In that case, your gum disease may go untreated and progressively get worse. If that happens, then your gums are harder to treat, and your teeth and overall health can be at serious risk.

What Is Gum Disease?

If you read or hear anything about gum disease, you probably run across different terms that all sound like the same thing. Let’s start with some of the basics.

  • Periodontal disease and gum disease are the same thing. It’s an infection of the gums, the tissues that are holding your teeth in place.

  • Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease, and when you might not spot the symptoms yourself. Your gums become red and swollen, and may bleed easily when brushing or flossing. You may think some bleeding is natural when you’re cleaning your teeth—not true! It’s one of the first signs that you should call our dental office in Chesapeake for a checkup and to have us assess the health of your gums.

  • Periodontitis occurs when the dental plaque that forms on your teeth begins to spread below the gum line. The bacteria in plaque irritate your gums, cause inflammation, and that’s when the gum tissue can break down. This can cause loose teeth, or even the loss of one or more teeth.

Healthy teeth and gums are important building blocks for good overall health and well being. They’re one of our first priorities when you’re here for checkups. If you’re due for a regular visit, or have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 866-861-7962 to schedule a visit.