Whether it’s due to time constraints, cost, or other factors, in our busy and hectic lives sometimes it’s hard to get the care that you need. When it comes to your oral health however, attending your regular dental appointments every six months or twice per year is even more important than ever. This is because both physicians and dentists alike understand that your oral health is linked to your overall health and well being. Your dentist in Toronto wants you to know that better oral health equals better overall health.
What is the Oral Systemic Link?
More understanding of chronic health conditions is shedding light on the fact that all of our body systems are connected. Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked with other chronic health conditions in the body such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. The bacteria that causes gum disease can actually enter your bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, which contributes to the inflammation that causes these other serious health concerns. As our doctors understand more about the oral systemic link, they can work together to more effectively help patients manage their health conditions.
What is Periodontal Disease?
When the tissue that surrounds your teeth, and the bone that supports your teeth becomes infected, gum disease is occurring. This is gradual and sneaky condition that you may not even be aware of because it doesn’t cause pain or symptoms at first. You may notice that your gums are red and swollen, or that they bleed when you brush, and these are some of the early indicators of gum disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually lead to bone and tooth loss.
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Regular visits to your dental provider are so important because your dentist is able to detect periodontal disease much earlier than you can. Conditions such as oral cancer, gum disease and tooth decay are much better treated in their early stages, ensuring that you receive less costly and invasive treatment.
Gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease, can be managed with a thorough cleaning and improved home care. Some patients may even be able to reverse their condition in this stage if it’s detected early on.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, which will require a deeper cleaning that reaches below the gum line to remove bacteria and plaque build up. Your dentist will likely need to see you for regular appointments three or four times per year in order to help you effectively manage your periodontitis.
At Dentistry @ 1881, both Dr. Janet Tamo and Dr. Milene Riccardi are highly skilled at helping patients manage any stage of gum disease they may be experiencing. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment, your health is too important to ignore.