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What is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease or periodontal disease starts with a buildup of bacteria around the teeth. Its early signs can include:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Red, swollen or tender gums
Acute inflammation allows the immune cells to attack the bacteria for a short term to encourage healing. However, the problem is that a gum disease left untreated cannot heal itself and becomes an irreversible dental condition.
How gum disease affects your overall health
Chronic or long term inflammation in the gums is where the connection starts. Inflammation is one of the main contributors to damaging blood vessels all over the body that also harms the heart.
The gums consist of blood vessels wherein the bacteria can leak into your bloodstream, according to the medical director of Spectrum Cardiovascular Services, Dr. Thomas Boyden.
Currently, gum disease is not confirmed as a cause of heart disease, unlike diabetes, alcohol, obesity, and smoking. But dentists and doctors both agree that the bacteria found in periodontal disease, called Streptococcus sanguis, can spread in the bloodstream and affect the heart.
We can help you fight gum disease
At Landmark Dentistry, we provide periodontal disease treatment in our Charlotte, Matthews, Mallard Creek, and Wesley Chapel locations. Our hygienists are trained to look for the early signs and perform dental procedures to reduce the bacteria and apply medications.