Anyone who is truly concerned about remaining fit and healthy can’t afford to ignore their smile. Oral health is a critical component of overall health. Periodontal disease can become well-established before someone becomes aware of the severity of their problem.

What is Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a gum disease. In its earlier stages, it is known as gingivitis and is very common. As many as four out of five adults have some degree of gingivitis and don’t even know it. Many people think that it’s normal for gums to bleed when brushing and flossing, but it’s not. The bleeding is a sign that there is a bacterial infection that is causing the inflamed, swollen gums.

The bacteria are present in plaque, a sticky film on teeth that contains saliva, food debris and bacteria. As time goes on and the plaque is not removed, it hardens and becomes tartar or calculus. Persistent bad breath can be another symptom of gum disease. Regular visits to your dentist Jupiter FL and practicing good oral hygiene at home are the best ways prevent periodontal disease.

The Dangers of Periodontal Disease

Many research studies have found that periodontal disease is associated with some serious health risks.

Tooth Loss: Untreated, periodontal disease attacks the teeth, bone and gums. The gums begin to pull away from the teeth. Bone loss causes teeth to loosen and even to fall out.

Diabetes: People who are at risk of developing diabetes are also at an increased risk of gum disease. Periodontal disease can make diabetes control more complicated by making it harder to control blood sugar levels. Diabetes makes it more difficult to remove excess sugar from the mouth, causing mouth bacteria to increase faster than they normally would. The diabetes and periodontal disease both become harder to control.

Heart Disease: Research has not yet determined exactly why periodontal disease increases the risk of a stroke or heart attack, but it does. One theory to explain this correlation is that oral bacteria enter the bloodstream and attach themselves to the coronary arteries. This increases the formation of blood clots and narrows the coronary arteries, a precursor to a heart attack. Another theory states that significant plaque buildup can worsen a preexisting heart condition by swelling the arteries.

Complications of Pregnancy: Periodontitis can increase the levels of prostaglandin, a labor-inducing chemical. This could lead to premature labor and an underweight baby.

Respiratory Disease: Gum disease can cause or worsen COPD, pneumonia or emphysema because of the persistent gum infection. Respiratory diseases are associated with a low immune response, allowing bacteria to spread more rapidly.

Daniel M. Casel, DMD would like to welcome you to Premier Dentistry of Jupiter. This dentist Jupiter is very concerned about the link between oral and overall health. He performs a full range of dental services, including treatment for periodontitis. He also offers his services as a cosmetic dentist in Jupiter Florida, Boynton Beach, Stuart and in West Palm Beach utilizing the latest technology and treatments.

Dr. Casel is helping people build new smiles every day. Learn how the best Boynton Beach dentist helps patients with lengthy dental procedures and dental anxieties by means of dental sedation at his Jupiter and his Premier Dentistry of Boynton Beach locations.