The health and condition of your gums can have a wide ranging impact on your overall health. Gum disease and plaque buildup has been found to have a correlation with heart disease, difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, stroke, some cancers, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and, for pregnant women, preterm delivery and low birth weight. Luckily, gum disease is both treatable and, oftentimes, reversible.
When gum disease is mild, it is called gingivitis and is easily treated with proper home oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and rising with an antiseptic mouthwash. Additional dental office visits for cleanings, as well as an antibiotic to help fight the infection, are also ways to effectively treat your gums. When gum disease is more advanced and has progressed to periodontitis, more intensive measures are needed. These may include scaling and root planing, intensive medications, a hydrogen peroxide rinse, and other methods which depend on the specifics of your case. It is important that you see one of our dentists if you suspect you may have gum disease in order to prevent it from progressing further and affecting your health.