We are excited for the opportunity to welcome back our patients and staff! With everyone's safety in mind during this unusual time, we have taken great care in implementing a comprehensive set of new protocols to ensure the lowest possible risk of disease transmission that follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A comprehensive list of changes to our office can be found here.
We look forward to seeing everyone again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
How to Lower Your Risk of Stroke By Treating Your Gum Disease
Posted on 10/5/2020 by office
We closely follow the research related to gum disease and how it can relate to cardiovascular irregularities. Data shows that gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease, has been associated with numerous medical conditions, such as heart attacks or strokes. We have learned that this happens due to a hardening of large arteries in the brain. Gum disease is a continuing bacterial contagion that attacks both the hard and soft areas supporting the teeth. We know that research has shown that there is a possibility that the sources of swelling having to do with blood vessels may have started in the gums in some patients.
Can Gum Disease Be Treated?
Our dentists know the symptoms and you should too. If you have noticed even the smallest amount of blood in your sink when you floss or even brush your teeth, chances are you may have gum disease. You may have the early stages of gingivitis and this means that your gums could be infected. If left unchecked, there is a good chance the problem may spread to below the gum line and reach your bone. We do not want you to let that happen so you must take steps to stop this problem before it gets this bad. If it does, you will have periodontitis, which we know can place you at risk of diabetes and heart disease.
What Are the Treatments for Gum Disease?
Thankfully, treatments for gum disease are available but results depend on how far the problem has persisted. The range of available treatments are from nonsurgical therapies to get a hold of the production of bacteria to surgery to revitalize ancillary tissues. Nonsurgical remedies include professional dental cleaning and scaling and root planing. Please let us know right away if you believe you might be suffering from gum disease before it gets any worse. We are always available for all sorts of consultations and especially where your health is regarded. Call or stop by today with any questions on this and all things dental. You will be glad you did.