A bright, sparkling smile indicates a healthy mouth, but many people ignore the fact that good gum health can prevent several other diseases in the body. In fact, the systemic effects of periodontal disease can be devastating. However, the good news is most people can prevent gum disease with daily flossing and brushing combined with routine cleanings and regular check-ups. The previous belief was that bacteria was the link between gum disease and other systemic diseases. However, inflammation may be the likely culprit for the connection. Treating inflammation may help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions as well as periodontal diseases.

Systemic Effects of Periodontal Disease

Your gums are responsible for protecting your teeth and the structures surrounding and keeping them in position. Plaque, which consists of food particles, mucus, and bacteria penetrates the area between your teeth and gums, making the space an ideal place for gum disease to start. Your gums can become infected if you don't remove the plaque, putting them and your teeth at risk. In fact, gum disease has been linked to a variety of systemic diseases, such as:

• Strokes
• Diabetes
• Heart Disease
• Low birth weight
• Bacterial pneumonia
• Cardiovascular disease

Advanced periodontal disease is extremely painful and expensive to treat. Taking some simple preventive steps, such as scheduling regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist or periodontist, brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing once a day saves a lot of trouble, money, and pain. Your dentist may suggest a more frequent schedule than the traditional twice a year recommendation if your teeth and gums exhibit signs of deterioration.

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Gum disease is a major cause of missing teeth in adults. See your dentist or periodontist if you suspect you have periodontal disease. For a top periodontist treating gum disease in Miami, FL, contact Dr. Bradley Ross today at (305) 270-1350.