Many people are unaware of the impact a seemingly simple gum infection could have on their overall health. This may be the reason that half of us are living with gingivitis. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Gum disease has been linked to a host of illnesses, including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, respiratory illness, dementia, and cancer. This is one of the many reasons that Drs. Bradley A. and Scott B. Ross emphasize patient education about gum disease in Miami, FL.
How an Oral Infection Perpetuates Illness
Gum infections result in chronic inflammation, a well-known precursor to disease. While inflammation is the body’s natural healing response, persistent inflammation taxes the immune system and leads to systemic illness, like stroke and heart disease. Diabetes is more closely linked with gum disease as the infection can elevate sugar levels while the reverse is also true, higher sugar levels can worsen the infection. It is also possible for the bacteria to enter the bloodstream and infect vital organs.
The Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum infection begins and flourishes when the plaque and bacteria are not properly cleared away from the teeth. While there may be contributing factors, like genetics, a smoking habit, or dry mouth from a prescription, these only hasten the process. Recognizing the signs of gum disease is essential:
• Bleeding gums
• Red, swollen gums
• Bad breath
• Sensitive teeth
• Receding gums
• Shifting teeth
• Tooth loss
• Bone loss
Which Gum Disease Treatment is Right for You?
If you have gum disease, there are numerous successful treatments available. Antibiotic therapy and deep cleanings may be enough to reverse the first stage of a gum infection. Gum surgery is often necessary for more aggressive cases. Advanced laser treatments are also available, from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. Laser periodontal treatments, such as the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™) we use at our office, are performed without scalpels or incisions. The laser eliminates bacteria and diseased tissue, and patients experience minimal to no discomfort or downtime. This laser treatment even has the ability to regenerate new bone and tissue growth!
If you are interested in treating gum disease in Miami, FL, with LANAP, please contact our office and schedule a consultation to discuss your periodontal health.
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