In the recent past, studies have linked periodontal disease—better known as gum disease—to systemic disorders such as diabetes, depression, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, and pre-mature birth weights. In addition to these systemic disorders, gum disease can also cause bad breath, pain, and tooth loss, and has even been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Thankfully, gum disease can be treated by giving the gums, roots, and teeth a deep cleaning. Antibiotics and numbing agents may also be used and, in extreme cases, surgery may be required.
Once the initial treatment is complete, it is crucial to receive regular maintenance from your dentist. In fact, research suggests that patients with gum disease should visit their dentist every 90 days in order to keep the disease under control. By visiting more frequently, the disease can be monitored and, when necessary, treated in order to prevent further complications. This is why it is now common to see your dentist every few months as opposed to just twice a year, and why dentists are going above and beyond “the average cleaning” by implementing a more aggressive approach to dental hygiene.
Although living with gum disease can be manageable, it must be diagnosed, treated, and maintained in order to avoid further damage and/or the development of the conditions listed above. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, such as red, swollen, or tender gums, bleeding, persistent bad breath, receding gums, or loose teeth, make sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Huff as soon as possible.
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