A smile is often the first thing people notice about you and new periodontal procedures offer the opportunity to make that smile as pleasing as possible. Periodontal surgery can address problems including sensitive or overexposed root surfaces and/or limit gum recession.
When to see a Periodontist:
A periodontist is a dentist that focuses on the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease and oral inflammation. A dentist or dental hygienist may refer you to a periodontist, but there are situations in which you might choose to see a periodontist without a referral.
If you are noticing bleeding gums when you eat, floss, or brush it might be a sign of periodontal disease. Other signs of periodontal disease include chronic bad breath, the loss of teeth, loose feeling teeth, or gum recession and longer appearing teeth or exposed roots. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you may benefit from visiting a periodontist to get screened for periodontal disease and find out treatment options to prevent loss of teeth and jawbone.
Periodontal Disease and the connection to Serious Health Conditions:
Periodontal health is linked to overall health.
People who suffer from gum disease have a 40% higher chance of having another chronic health issue, and poor periodontal health can make symptoms of Heart Disease and Diabetes worse.
People with periodontal disease are twice as likely to develop Heart Disease as
periodontal disease leads to creation of periodontal bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and lead to clots and other issues that can instigate heart problems. This periodontal bacteria can also create more of the protein that inflames arteries, which increases a patient’s risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Diabetics are more likely to develop periodontal disease than people without diabetes, because diabetes lowers the body’s overall protection against infection. Inflammation in the mouth also impacts the body’s natural ability to control insulin. Therefore, anyone with diabetes needs to take extra care to ensure proper oral hygiene and have any periodontal disease treated as it makes the diabetes harder to control as well.
Did you know?
The word 'Periodontics' comes from the Greek words 'peri' which means 'around' or 'about' and 'odous', 'odont' which means ‘tooth’.
Did you know?
Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to be aware of any of the following symptoms:
Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums
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- Victor E.