Periodontal Treatment Can Preserve Your Overall Health

By Richard Ta, DDS
September 02, 2015
Category: Oral Health

You know that taking care of your mouth is important for your overall health, but did you know that the way you take care of your teeth and gums can have a dramatic effect on the rest of your health as well? It's true. Neglect to visit your local Fremont dentist, Richard Ta, Gum DiseaseDDS, and you may just be putting the rest of your health at risk as well. Here's how.

How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health

Neglect to take care of your oral health, and as the bacteria builds up you're likely to develop a bad case of gum disease. If you don't visit your Fremont dentist for treatment, and this bacteria will continue to spread. Allow it to reach your blood stream and spread throughout the rest of your body, and you may be facing one or more serious health conditions before you know it.

Gum Disease Complications

While scientists are unsure about the exact link between gum disease and other health complications, there is no question that poor oral hygiene is tied to other, more significant problems. Research has already shown a link between gum disease and other medical conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, respiratory problems, and rheumatoid arthritis. Gum disease is linked with asthma and a low birth weight among babies of expectant mothers. It may even lead to an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

When you neglect to visit your Fremont dentist, Dr. Ta, you don't just put your oral health at risk. You put your overall health at risk as well.

Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment

The good news is that gum disease is both preventable and treatable, and the process may just be easier than you think. First, get into the habit of brushing twice a day and rinsing and flossing once a day. Keep regular visits with Dr. Ta, and don't hesitate to call between appointments if you suspect there may be a problem.

If your dentist discovers you already have gum disease, be sure to have it treated right away. Treatment options generally include a thorough cleaning, antibiotics, scaling and root planning, and flap or bone surgery.

Your body depends on you to take care of it. Make sure you do. Practice excellent oral hygiene habits at home and visit your Fremont dentist regularly. This will help keep your oral health and your overall health in excellent condition.