Is Your Dental Health Affecting Your Overall Health?

Is Your Dental Health Affecting Your Overall Health?

Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to a series of interlinked health problems. Many people think that when they brush and floss their teeth they are only taking care of their dental health. But the best science tells us that taking care of our dental health is also taking care of our heart, our bones, even our brains!

In the mildest form of periodontal disease, gingivitis, the gums redden, swell and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.

Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually precedes periodontitis (gum disease). However, it is important to know that not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis.

When gums become infected and inflamed from periodontal disease, bacteria in plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. The bacteria can then enter into the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. Ongoing research suggests that periodontal disease is linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.  The word periodontal literally means ‘around the tooth’. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins Gum Disease.jpgwhen the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) cause the gums to become inflamed.

You may be at risk of gum disease if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Do your gums ever bleed?
  • Are your teeth loose?
  • Have your gums receded, or do your teeth look longer?
  • Do you smoke or use tobacco products?
  • Have you had any adult teeth extracted?
  • Has it been more than 2 years since seeing a dentist?
  • Have any of your family members had gum disease?

If your gums bleed or teeth look longer, contact us to discuss your periodontal health. Request an appointment or call our office at (908) 486-5000 to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.

Sincerely,

lindennjdentist

Magic Smile Dental
(908) 486-5000
magicsmiledentist@gmail.com
http://lindennjdentist.com/


Dr. Anatoly Bensianoff, your Linden NJ dentist, offers dental services to the residents of Linden, Roselle, Roselle Park, Elizabeth, Rahway, Cranford, Clark, Kenilworth, Garwood, Carteret, Avenel, Union, Colonia and beyond. 

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