Much scientific research has been done on the connection between oral and overall health. In particular, gum disease and heart health are oft thought to be interconnected. Can oral bacteria enter the blood stream through the mouth? If so, can it reach your heart? Studies will certainly need to continue abounding to acquire definitive answers, but in the meantime, most dentists feel that there’s more importance than ever to keep teeth healthy. If it is true that those with periodontal disease may be twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease, Pella dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Allen, would like to educate you further so that you can keep your gums as healthy as possible.
Periodontal Disease Overview
Biannual dental checkups and cleanings are recommended so that gum disease can be detected at the earliest possible stage. Your dental hygienist can gently remove plaque and tartar buildup at the gumline. The removal of plaque helps protect your teeth and gums from inflammation and infection. Gum disease doesn’t always exhibit obvious symptoms, but if it should, some would include bad breath, pain in gingival tissues, swollen or puffy gum tissue, bleeding gums, redness, and/or purple discoloration on gums.
Treating Gum Disease
The best line of defense against gum disease is the removal of plaque build-up on a daily basis, and the removal of calculus (tartar) at your six month dental cleanings. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Floss at least once daily. You may also consider rinsing with a germ-killing mouthwash. If your gum disease appears to be progressing when Dr. Allen examines you at your checkup, he may recommend scaling plaque buildup from gums or root planing to clean and resurface deep tissues. Gum disease which is not treated can progress to periodontitis and result in gum recession and even tooth loss.
Visit your Pella Dentist
As a general dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Allen provides comfortable dental care to patients of all ages, and he also offers comprehensive treatment for gum disease. Call (641) 628-1121 today to schedule a checkup and cleaning, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry consultation, or second-opinion visit. We are located in the 50219 area on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.