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How Gum Health Impacts Your Cardiovascular Health

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona
To most people, the heart and the mouth seem like entirely separate parts of the body with little connection to each other. However, emerging research reveals that there is indeed a link between gum health and heart health. While the specific nature of the association remains unknown, it is essential to understand the different ways that your periodontal health can affect your heart. What Is Gum Disease Also known as periodontitis, gum disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the gums. It is often characterized by swollen gums, increased gum sensitivity, regular bleeding in the gums, and loose or missing teeth. Without timely treatment, periodontitis can destroy the gums and the jawbone, leading to gum recession and tooth loss. How Does Gum Health Affect Cardiovascular Health? Since gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the inflammation in the mouth can trigger systemic inflammation throughout the body. This systemic inflammation can lead to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and other cardiovascular diseases. In particular, if the immune response of the body to periodontal bacteria is overly strong, it can trigger an equally strong inflammatory response in the arteries. Inflammation in the arteries can hasten the development of heart diseases. It is also possible that the bacteria that cause gum disease can seep into the bloodstream through the gum tissues. In large concentrations, the bacteria can form arterial plaque, restricting blood flow to various organs. The arterial plaque can also massively increase the chances of blood clots and cause blockages that can trigger heart attacks and strokes. Seek Professional Help Apart from the standard brushing and flossing routine, you should also schedule regular visits to your dentist. The dentist is better placed to detect the onset of gum diseases early on, which lets you begin treatment before things worsen. Most importantly, avoiding the risk factors of gum disease, such as tobacco and excess sugar, also helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases....
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How Does Periodontitis Cause Tooth Loss

Posted on 5/1/2024 by Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a serious condition that can permanently alter your dental structure. Indeed, leaving a periodontitis infection untreated for a long time can degrade your gums, causing your teeth to fall out. While the health effects of gum disease are common knowledge, few people know exactly how the condition contributes to tooth loss. What Holds the Teeth in Place? The tooth structure comprises the jawbone and periodontal ligament. The jawbone is typically the foundation of the teeth and holds the roots, which keeps the teeth stable. The periodontal ligament, on the other hand, is a strong tissue that helps to keep the teeth firmly rooted into the jawbone. It is also a biological shock absorber. It prevents excess strain on the jawbone and teeth when you chew. So, How Does Gum Disease Cause Tooth Loss? Getting diagnosed with periodontitis does not automatically mean you will lose your teeth. Tooth loss is a gradual process that can take months and even years. The condition starts off mildly, typically when bacteria from your food cling to your teeth and reproduce, forming a clingy film called plaque. This often happens in people who do not regularly brush their teeth. If poor oral hygiene continues, the plaque turns into a hardened coating called tartar. The high numbers of bacteria in tartar irritate the gums, usually causing inflammation and bleeding. Over time, the gums will recede and leave deep pockets of space between them and the teeth. The pockets then become breeding grounds for bacteria as food bits get trapped within them. The increased bacteria activity irritates the gums even further, and the bacteria gradually spread to the jaw bone, where it causes bone loss. At the same time, the gums recede even further, and the pockets become deeper. This, combined with bone loss, makes the teeth looser, which makes them easy to come out when chewing or just by themselves. Take Charge of Your Dental Health Tooth loss from periodontitis is not always inevitable. It can be easily prevented with good oral hygiene and timely dental assistance. Pay us a visit today and let our skilled dentist help you protect your precious teeth....
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The Four Stages of Periodontal Disease

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Periodontal disease, a common oral health concern, progresses through four distinct stages, each with its characteristics and implications for dental health. Understanding these stages is crucial for maintaining optimal oral hygiene and preventing severe complications. Stage 1: Gingivitis Gingivitis marks the first stage of periodontal disease. It often manifests with symptoms such as swollen and tender gums, bleeding during brushing or flossing, and persistent bad breath. Gingivitis occurs due to the buildup of plaque and tartar along the gumline, leading to inflammation and irritation of the gum tissue. The damage can still be reversed if you maintain proper oral hygiene. Professional dental cleanings will also help in reversing the disease at this stage. Stage 2: Early Periodontitis During this phase, the inflammation extends beyond the gums and begins to affect the supporting structures of the teeth, including the bone and periodontal ligaments. Signs of early periodontitis may include receding gums and increased sensitivity to hot and cold. Without intervention, the damage to the supporting structures can become irreversible, leading to tooth mobility and potential tooth loss. Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis Moderate periodontitis marks the advancement of the disease, with more pronounced destruction of the bone and connective tissue supporting the teeth. Individuals may experience worsening symptoms such as bad odor and pus between the teeth and gums as the condition worsens. At this stage, treatment by a dental professional becomes essential to halt the progression of the disease. Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis The final stage of periodontal disease, advanced periodontitis, represents severe and extensive damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues. Individuals with advanced periodontitis may encounter significant oral health challenges, including severe gum recession, deep periodontal pockets, and visible tooth loss. Without prompt and aggressive intervention, advanced periodontitis can lead to irreversible consequences, impacting not only oral health but also overall well-being. Gum disease is a serious condition that needs to be managed proactively. Remember to schedule regular dental check-ups and seek our professional help at the earliest signs of gum disease....
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All Posts:
How Gum Health Impacts Your Cardiovascular Health
5/15/2024
How Does Periodontitis Cause Tooth Loss
5/1/2024
The Four Stages of Periodontal Disease
4/15/2024
Risk Factors of Gum Disease
4/1/2024
The Impact of Periodontitis on Oral Health and Overall Quality of Life
3/15/2024
Smoking and Its Effects on Periodontal Health
3/1/2024
Teeth gaps and Sensitivity
2/15/2024
Risk Factors for Gum Diseases
2/2/2024
Periodontal Diseases And Pregnancy
1/15/2024
Is Pocket Reduction Surgery Worth It?
1/2/2024
What Is A Bone Graft? Why Do I Need One?
12/15/2023
My Gums Hurt When I Brush My Teeth, What Does This Mean
12/1/2023
The Significance Of Nitrous Oxide In Dentistry
11/15/2023
An Overview Of Cleft Lip And Cleft Palate Repair Surgery
11/1/2023
What Is A Porcelain Crown?
10/31/2023
How to Cut the Risk of Dental Implant Failure before Getting Implants
10/15/2023
What to Expect from the First Visit to the Periodontist
9/25/2023
Oil pulling and its essence in dental care
9/11/2023
The Role of Nutrition in maintaining healthy gums
8/21/2023
Treatment Options for Loose Teeth Due to Gum Disease
8/7/2023
What Are My Options For Replacing Teeth?
7/24/2023
The Connection between Gum Disease and Kidney Disease
7/10/2023
Pros and Cons of Mini Implants
6/19/2023
The Vital Role of Dental Hygienists in Dental Care
6/5/2023
What Is Periodontal Maintenance And When Do You Need It?
5/22/2023
Do Cold Sores Affect Your Oral Health?
5/8/2023
What To Do When You Have Gum Inflammation?
4/24/2023
Periodontist and Dentist
4/10/2023
How Can I Save My Teeth?
3/20/2023
Is a Bone Graft Essential Before Receiving Dental Implants
2/20/2023
The Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis
2/6/2023
Aftercare Tips For Periodontal Disease Treatment
1/23/2023
Do Extractions Eliminate Gum Disease?
1/9/2023
What Stages of Gum Disease Can be Cured?
12/19/2022
Taking Care of Your Implants
12/5/2022
What Happens If Periodontal Disease Isnt Treated?
11/21/2022
Why Is Dry Mouth A Problem For My Teeth And Gums?
11/7/2022
Risks Involved with Periodontist Treatments
10/24/2022
Why is sedation dentistry needed?
10/10/2022
Treatment Options for Periodontitis
9/19/2022
Gingivitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
9/5/2022
Periodontal diseases.
8/22/2022
What Causes Gum Disease
8/8/2022
Here are ways to maintain healthy gums
7/18/2022
Always ask these 3 questions when going to a new dentist
7/4/2022
Can Gum Disease Affect Infants
6/20/2022
When Do You Need Gum Rejuvenation
6/6/2022
Is Flossing Too Difficult? Try a Water Flosser
5/23/2022
Frequently asked questions about periodontology
5/9/2022
What is Sedation Dentistry?
4/25/2022
Tips for a Cleaner and Healthier Gums and Teeth
4/11/2022
Oral or IV Sedation: Which One is Right for You?
3/21/2022
Here are things every person with dentures needs to know
3/7/2022
Dental Implants Placement And Age Limits
2/21/2022
Brush or Floss First: Here is What You Need to Know
2/7/2022
Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants
1/24/2022
The Hidden Link Between Dum Disease and Alzheimers
1/10/2022
Can Hormonal Imbalance Cause Oral Health Problems?
12/23/2021
What is Peri-Implant Disease?
12/10/2021
Four Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Gum Surgery
11/22/2021
The Most Common Early Signs of Gum Disease
11/8/2021
What Is the Difference Between Dentures and Dental Implants?
10/25/2021
5 Benefits of Consulting a Prosthodontist
10/11/2021
It Is Possible to Ease the Symptoms of Diabetes with Gum Disease Treatment
9/21/2021
Types of Services We Can Offer
9/6/2021
How Does the Root of Your Tooth Become Exposed?
8/23/2021
When May You Need a Perioscopy?
8/9/2021
How Aggressive Flossing Could Lead To Gum Damage
7/26/2021
Foods That You Can Eat as Snacks To Help Clean Your Teeth
7/12/2021
How Gums Change as You Get Older
6/21/2021
Understanding Denture Stomatitis and What It Means
6/7/2021
Signs the Pain You Feel Could Be a Dental Abscess
5/24/2021
Alcohol Leaves a Lasting Impact on Your Gums When Consumed Regularly
5/10/2021
Preparing for Your First Visit to a Periodontist
4/26/2021
How To Reverse Periodontitis
4/12/2021
4 Things You Can Do to Avoid Damage From Gum Recession
3/22/2021
Why Smile Makeover Is Needed for Senior Citizens?
3/8/2021
What is Periodontal Disease?
2/22/2021
How Do You Develop Plaque?
2/8/2021
What is Trench Mouth and How Is It Treated?
1/25/2021
Brushing Too Aggressive Can Cause Damage to Your Gums
1/11/2021
How Can We Tell When Gums Require Grafts?
12/21/2020
Lasers Make Treating Gum Trouble Easier
12/7/2020
Are Gum Pockets a Problem?
11/16/2020
Why Do So Many Athletes Have Gum Disease?
11/9/2020
Is Your Oral Health Connected to the Health of Your Prostate?
10/19/2020
Dry Mouth Can Increase Gum Disease Problems
10/5/2020
How Same-Day Dentures Work
9/21/2020
What Options Do You Have with Periodontal Plastic Surgery?
9/7/2020
Can Your Regular Dentist Treat Your Gum Disease?
8/24/2020
Ways of Treating Gums that Do Not Stay Tight Against Your Teeth
8/10/2020
Can You Eat Right After a Gum Graft?
7/23/2020
People of All Ages Need to Be Aware of Their Gum Health
7/7/2020
What to Do to Improve the Health of Your Gums
6/22/2020
What is the Diagnosis Process for Gum Disease?
6/8/2020
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