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How Gum Disease Affects More Than Your Gums

December 22, 2020
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Posted By: Family Dentistry of Royal Oak

Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is a common oral health condition that affects millions of adults in America alone. When this disease is not treated, it puts your teeth at risk for loss. But it can also threaten your systemic health.

Your dentist in Royal Oak, MI provides periodontal treatment to improve your oral health and mitigate risks for body health complications.

Signs You May Have Gum Disease

The signs of gum disease can be subtle at first, but eventually, you may notice one or more of the following:

  • Bad breath that does not improve
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gums pocketing away from teeth
  • Loose teeth and/or tooth pain

Lowering Your Risks for Gum Disease

Regular dental exams and teeth cleanings—approximately every six months—can significantly lower your gum disease risks. Dental exams can catch periodontal disease in the early gingivitis stage when the condition may be reversible. And teeth cleanings get rid of the bacteria that cause gum disease.

It is also essential to brush and floss twice daily, including before bed.

If you notice changes to your oral health between dental visits, scheduling an exam with your dentist is important.

Gum Disease and Body Wellness

Diagnosing and treating gum disease is crucial because it promotes tooth loss, but it also threatens your body's wellness.

Gum disease has been linked to heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also contribute to low birth weight in babies.  

We Treat Periodontal Disease in Royal Oak, MI

We offer comprehensive treatments that may include specialized teeth cleanings and gum smoothing. These methods help clear infection from below the surface and encourage your gums to adhere to your teeth better.

If you suspect gum disease—or if you have not been to the dentist in a while—we encourage you to reach out to our dental team to schedule an appointment.

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