The Importance of Healthy Gums

Happy woman with healthy gums flossingDid you know gum disease can increase risk for systemic illnesses like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and high blood pressure? How about that gum disease can lead to low weight or preterm child birth? Most patients know it’s important to take good care of their teeth, but a surprising few understand how essential it is to care for gums. Healthy gums are essential to maintain both oral and overall health. Keeping up with thorough preventive dental care in partnership with a trusted dentist is essential. Continue reading to find out more about how healthy gums can impact your smile.

Mouth/Body Connection

You may have heard your dentist or physician talk about something called the mouth/body connection. This refers to the idea that oral health impacts whole body health and vice versa. Most of the time, this idea refers to the impact poor gum health can have on patients, especially those who already suffer from chronic or systemic illnesses. Periodontal disease impacts immune function making it much more difficult for people to recover from illnesses, exacerbating current health issues, and putting patients at an increased risk for many diseases.

Postponement of Other Procedures

Poor gum health can also lead to postponement of dental and medical procedures. For instance, if you need a surgical procedure like a tonsilectomy, you may need to wait until your gum disease is addressed. Periodontal disease compromises immune function. This increases risk for infection, makes healing following treatment more difficult, and can cause gum disease to worsen.

Available Periodontal Therapies

In the early stages, gum disease may be treatable with increased professional teeth cleanings and improved at home hygiene. Advanced periodontal disease requires more extensive treatments that may include scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapy. Each patient is unique, and our team will personalize a treatment plan to meet your unique oral health needs following a gum disease diagnosis. Our team happily works with other medical providers to ensure your oral and overall health before, during, or after treatment for other health issues.

Meet the Galleria Dental Arts Team

At Galleria Dental Arts, our team believes the best patient is an educated patient. That’s why we keep our blog updated with information about dental techniques, technologies, and services we provide in our Manassas dental office. If you ever have questions or want to learn more about dental care, don’t hesitate to call our knowledgeable dentist and team to schedule a consultation. We’re always here to help our Manassas dental patients.

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