What is periodontal medicine?
Periodontal medicine is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on gum health. The gums, or gingiva, surround the teeth. The gums are important for both oral health and overall health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States and has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy complications. With regular dental cleanings, periodontal medicine can help you keep your gums healthy and prevent disease.
Here are the signs you might have gum disease
Your dentist can check for signs of gum disease during every six-month checkup. Unfortunately, many patients with gum disease don’t know they have it. Here are some of the warning signs to look out for:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Red gums
- Loose teeth
- Pockets (pockets of gum tissue that have formed around your teeth)
- Gum sensitivity
Ways periodontal medicine can improve your life.
The benefits of periodontal medicine reach far beyond your mouth. The health of your mouth affects the health of your body and vice versa. Here are just a few ways periodontal medicine can improve your life.
1. Protect against heart disease.
Did you know that heart disease and gum disease often go hand-in-hand? As bacteria build up in your gum tissue, they can enter the bloodstream. This bacteria can then attach itself to the fatty plaques lining your arteries, leading to heart disease.
Fortunately, good periodontal health can protect your heart. Keeping your teeth clean can reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and prevent plaque from building up on your teeth. Regular dental visits can also reduce your risk for gum disease.
2. Help prevent diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease that can cause problems with your metabolism. Diabetes can also cause an insulin deficiency, which may lead to high blood sugar.
Gum disease can also cause these problems. This is because periodontal disease can cause inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation disrupts the gut microbiome, which can affect the body’s ability to process insulin properly.
Protecting against gum disease is especially important for people living with diabetes. In fact, people with uncontrolled diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease.
3. Promote better sleep.
Studies show that people with poor oral health are more likely to experience sleep-related problems. These problems include snoring and sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. When treating gum disease, it is important to address the underlying issues that could be causing sleep problems.
How periodontal medicine can enhance your overall health
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can affect the rest of your body. It has been linked to an increased risk for health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and premature birth. Periodontal medicine addresses these issues and results in good oral and overall health.
At LAGOS Periodontics & Dental Implants, Rodrigo A. Lagos, DDS, MS, practices a full scope of periodontics with expertise in preventive periodontics, cosmetic periodontal surgery, gum grafting, and dental implants. To schedule an appointment, call us at 760-568-3421 or visit our practice at 36945 Cook St.Suite 101, Palm Desert, CA 92260.