While having sparkling, white teeth is great, it does not mean you are free from dental issues. In fact, white teeth really have nothing to do with a healthy mouth and everything to do with healthy gums. Your gums are the barrier that actually help prevent inflammation that may damage your body, and periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature births or low-birth weight in infants.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed by proper oral care, it will invade the small spaces between your gums and teeth. If gum disease progresses and is left untreated, it can become painful and expensive to treat. But that’s not all – gum disease can progress to many other areas of our overall health:
Heart disease. Several studies have shown that people with gum disease are very likely to have poor health, including heart attacks. So much so, it has been recommended that cardiologists ask about any gum disease issues, and that periodontists ask patients about their heart health.
Diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you are more likely to have gum disease. Those with diabetes are more likely to contract infections.
Premature births. Although studies are still ongoing, some research has found a link between premature birth and gum disease, but when treated, carries their baby to full term.
Dementia. Some studies have found that gum disease may raise the risk of dementia later on in life. Others research shows that periodontal problems may be associated with mild cognitive impairment, such as memory problems that can make daily life more difficult.
If you’d like to find out more about periodontal treatment options, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information regarding dental hygiene.
Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill, New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York,Carlisle and all surrounding areas.