The Link Between Oral Health & Overall Wellbeing
Can the health of your smile mirror of overall health? Poor oral health can contribute to whole-body health issues. Numerous studies have proven a link between the oral condition call periodontal disease — more commonly known as gum disease — and systemic health conditions. If you suffer from gum disease, it’s important to address it promptly, before you sustain significant damage to your smile and your quality of life.
In Augusta GA, Dr. Steven Goldberg and Dr. Adam Goldberg deliver comprehensive care to safeguard your smile and your whole-body health. They understand the oral/overall health link and provide proactive care to prevent gum disease, as well as effective treatments to combat the damage caused by this condition.
Cause for Concern
Advanced gum disease has been shown to contribute to a whole host of health issues, including osteoporosis, heart disease, lung problems, and diabetes complications. It’s even been linked to dementia. And it’s not just adults that are negatively impacted by gum disease. Pregnant moms with advanced gum disease may have a higher risk of have a baby born prematurely or with a low birth weight.
The Good News
Early stage gum disease is called gingivitis, and it’s curable. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, puffy gums that bleed easily. A thorough dental cleaning followed by diligent home care can reverse gingivitis. Our doctors recommend 6-month cleanings and checkups to ward off gum disease and put a stop to gingivitis.
If you have gum disease that’s progressed beyond the early stage, the doctor may recommend a deep cleaning and oral antibiotic therapy. It’s crucial to halt the progression of gum disease to prevent the bone, gum, and tooth loss that can occur with the most damaging form of the disease, called periodontitis. At this stage, surgical treatment may be required to preserve gum health and try to counteract some of the devastating effects of this disease.
Prioritize Oral Health
Be proactive. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist or if you’re experiencing symptoms that are worrisome, call us today to schedule an appointment.