Periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis or periodontitis, is a dangerous
condition that can affect the entire body if left untreated. When a patient
sees their dentist infrequently or has poor dental habits, he or she is
in danger of more than just teeth and gum issues. Let’s take a closer
look at the serious dangers
that come with periodontal disease.
Many people believe that periodontal disease only affects the gums in
the form of bleeding, redness, swelling, and possible tenderness. However,
the gums make up the connective tissues that hold every single tooth in
place. If the gums degrade through poor dental care and inattention, then
their hold on the teeth will slowly loosen, which can result in tooth
loss. It is very important to see a dentist before periodontal disease
worsens because this can potentially save loosened or endangered teeth
When teeth are removed, possibly due to periodontal disease, the jawbone
that helped hold them in place begins to break down. As the jawbone breaks
down and bone loss occurs, the shape and appearance of the mouth may start
to change. When a patient suffers from advanced periodontal disease, he
may lose teeth, which can soon affect the health of his jawbone. Periodontal
disease can also cause infections throughout the body, which may affect
bone health too.
Periodontal disease can do much more than affect the health of the teeth
and gums; it can severely impact patients’ overall health. Periodontal
disease causes pockets of infection to develop in the gums, which can
travel through the bloodstream into the rest of the body. This infection
can lower the immune system and potentially increase the risk of developing
diabetes and heart disease.
Consistent and correct dental care is essential to a healthy body and
a healthy smile. Work with the dentists and staff of
Sanford Dental Excellence
to schedule regular teeth cleanings, checkups, and other dental services.
Call us at (321) 257-8528 to learn about our non-surgical periodontal
treatment and other teeth cleaning services in Sanford.