What Every Patient Needs to Know About Gum DiseaseAs we learn more and more about how our body systems are connected, it has become clear that a healthy mouth is critically important to have a healthy body. For many years, gum disease was thought to only impact the health of the mouth and jaw. Today, we know differently. Gum disease has been linked to not only damages to the teeth, but directly linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other dangerous health problems. Here at HPS Advanced Dental, we don’t take gum disease lightly. Here’s why you shouldn’t either.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue that is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Bacteria love to live in this layer of film, especially along the gum line. When your oral health routine is not as good as it should be, you allow bacteria to grow along the gum line. In its early stages, gum disease may only be indicated by slightly red gums. In more advanced stages of gum disease, gums become swollen, red, and bleed. Damage caused by advanced stages of gum disease can cause serious tooth decay, along with damages to the jaw and the roots of your teeth. Many patients with advanced gum disease may experience abscesses in the gum, toothaches and even tooth loss. In its most advanced stages, gum disease also called periodontal disease, can even start to deteriorate the bone in the jaw. Gum disease is a serious problem and can have serious consequences when it goes untreated.

Beyond the Mouth

As a holistic dental practice, it’s important to us to make sure that we care for your complete body, which means that when we are treating a patient with gum disease, we focus not just on the teeth, but the other potential health problems that come with poor dental care. All of your body systems are closely connected, so if one part of your body is not healthy, chances are, another part of your body is also suffering. Current research indicates that gum disease may be directly linked to other serious health conditions. While much of this research is very new and will require further study, science is starting to paint a clearer picture of how gum disease and increased bacteria in the mouth is linked to serious health problems such as: heart disease, stroke, premature births, diabetes and respiratory diseases. Having a good routine of dental care could save your life.

Treating Gum Disease

The good news about gum disease is that it can be treated and reversed. Early stages of gum disease are very easy to treat with an improved routine of at home dental care and regular visits to our office. As the disease advances, the care necessary to treat gum disease becomes more extensive. Deep cleaning, and scaling and root planing are common treatments for gum disease that has built up below the gum line. These processes can be painful and may require multiple treatments. In more serious cases of gum disease, surgery may be required to remove plaque buildup or to remove damaged gum, teeth and even bone. When left untreated gum disease can result in bone loss and lost teeth, so early treatment is crucial to protecting your smile.

I Am Concerned About the Health of My Mouth!

At HPS Advanced Dental, we never want a patient to suffer from the pain and discomfort of gum disease. We encourage a holistic approach to dental care, starting with your at-home care. Our dentists and hygienists are happy to help you improve your routines by recommending at-home care strategies and dental products that are better for your body. Keeping your mouth and body healthy is our number one priority. If you are concerned about the health of your mouth, or just need a good cleaning, call our office at (248) 652-0024 to learn more about our practice in Shelby Township or to schedule a dental appointment.