Overall and Oral Health What’s the Connection


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Having a beautiful smile is the best way to good overall and oral health. That’s right. A crooked, chipped, or cracked smile is harmful to your confidence and your overall and oral health.

Bela Family Dentistry explains the connection to poor oral health, including missing, cracked, and chipped teeth come down to inflammation. If you suffer from gum disease, you are risking other types of disease including heart attack and stroke.

Inflammation, Overall and Oral Health

Gum disease, specifically gingivitis and the more serious periodontitis are both conditions that cause the gums to swell and bleed. Gingivitis is the less serious of the two and is curable.

Periodontal disease on the other hand is a chronic condition that cannot be cured. Periodontitis is controllable with the help of Bela Family Dentistry, but it is not curable.

Both of these conditions cause inflammation. Researchers believe that the inflammation and pockets between the teeth and gums cause bacteria to flow through the bloodstream and into the rest of your body. Just like the plaque on your teeth and gums, that buildup can happen along the sides of your blood vessels and the arteries in your heart.

Periodontal Disease and Overall and Oral Health

Periodontal disease is serious and destroys bone and gum tissue. If left untreated teeth gum disease causes loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. Sadly, periodontal disease is highly preventable as long as you practice good oral hygiene.

People with poor oral hygiene habits are in the high-risk category when it comes to tooth loss and periodontal disease.

People with periodontitis are also in the high-risk category when it comes to cardiovascular disease. In fact, researchers indicate that people who have gum disease and have lost most if not all of their teeth have a higher risk of systemic diseases including stroke and COPD.

Bela Family Dentistry Can Help

Ignoring bleeding and swollen gums is like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get.

The sooner you can see your dentist for gum disease treatment the better. Some treatments that your family dentist in South Carolina may recommend include root scaling and planing and regular deep cleanings.

If you suspect you have gum disease, or haven’t seen your Georgia dentist in some time, call, send an email, a text, or a DM, and schedule an appointment with the team from Bela Family Dentistry today. It really can make a difference to your overall and oral health.

Call and schedule your comprehensive dental checkup with Bela Family Dentistry today.

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