Even a healthy mouth has millions of germs living inside of it, but those who are suffering from gum disease are at risk of having bacteria enter the bloodstream directly through the open wounds present in the gums. Over time, the inflammation and deep pockets that develop around the gums can cause receding gums and swelling, discomfort, and pain when brushing. Any infection that enters the bloodstream has the potential of relocating to other parts of the body and creating disease. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease visit the Paradise Valley periodontist for a treatment plan.
Gum Disease and Your Health
There is still a lot of research underway to determine if a definitive link exists between gum disease and systemic illnesses. Even though results have been inconclusive, research has shown that there are some links between gum disease and health problems such as heart disease, respiratory disease, head and neck cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, ischemic stroke, and an increased risk of pre-term delivery.
Outside of these major health problems, gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss for the majority of adult Americans. Losing your teeth can cause a number of oral health problems and must be managed with a tooth replacement procedure as soon as possible. As long as there is an active infection in your mouth, there is always a risk that the infection will release toxins into the body through the blood vessels in your mouth. Preventive care is always important, which is why we encourage all of our patients to stick with a consistent regimen of brushing and flossing up to twice per day.
Are you experiencing receding gums or looking for a Paradise Valley periodontist for gum disease treatment? Call Dr. Ronald Watkins at AZ Implant Solutions for an appointment today!