Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body in Jacksonville Beach, FL
If you are suffering from bad breath (AKA halitosis), a cure may be seeking gum disease treatment. Jacksonville Beach periodontist Dr. Darryl Field emphasizes the many symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding gums, gum recession, swollen gums, and bad breath. A cure is available with laser gum surgery, and left untreated, gum disease can affect not only your oral health, but the health of your entire body.
Periodontal Disease and Illness
According to research, the bacteria that lead to gum disease can also contribute to more serious conditions, such as tooth and bone loss, heart disease, cognitive issues, diabetes and other ailments. This happens when an overgrowth of oral bacteria find its way into the bloodstream via small tears in the gums. Once it is traveling in the blood, bacteria then has a chance to adversely affect the joints, organs and the brain.
Even individuals with early stage periodontal disease are at risk, according to research in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. In that study, people with gum disease had more trouble completing memory and math quizzes compared to those who did not. More than a bad breath cure, treating periodontal disease keeps the brain functioning too.
More research shows that diabetes and gum disease also share a connection. Individuals with diabetes are at greater risk for getting gum disease, and among those who already have gum disease, treating it can help patients control their blood sugar more successfully.
Infants are also victims of untreated gum disease. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are more likely to give birth to underweight and/or pre-term babies. If you or someone you care about is pregnant with gum disease, treat it now. Dr. Field offers very gentle, effective treatments.
To prevent periodontal disease, keep your teeth and gums healthy with regular periodontal checks and daily flossing and brushing. Get children involved too and show them by example how important it is to take care of your oral health.
For a healthy smile and body, visit Jacksonville Beach periodontist Dr. Field. Call us today for an appointment.