A vast majority of adults in the US suffer from gum disease or periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.
What causes gum disease?
Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque.
Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. When that happens bacteria can take up residence and it can become a systemic problem more so than just an oral problem.
At New England Dental we keep ourselves informed of the latest scientific research available in our field. What we now know is that if you have an unhealthy mouth, it puts you at risk for developing serious systemic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pre-term labor, as well as auto-immune and inflammatory diseases. Furthermore, If you already have a systemic illness and – on top of that – your mouth is unhealthy, it puts you at a higher risk of developing crippling disabilities associated with your illness.
Finally, and what our New England Dental team finds to be the most compelling reason to get your mouth healthy is the fact that by improving the health of your mouth, you can reduce your risk for future illness, reduce the negative impact your current illness is having on your body (and reduce the amount of medicine you need to take).
How do you know if your gums are unhealthy?
Symptoms of gum disease include:
Bad breath that won't go away
Red or swollen gums
Tender or bleeding gums
Receding gums or no longer appearing teeth
Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious oral or systemic problem, which should be checked by a dentist. At New England Dental, our dentists can help you reverse your risk for serious illness and get your mouth healthy. We offer a wide array of periodontal treatments and therapies, which are customized depending on your specific health needs.