Each day the link between your oral health and your overall health and well being is becoming more and more apparent. Doctors are finding connections with periodontal (gum) disease and other chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, strokes and obesity. Being proactive about your oral health means taking care of your general health as well. Your Sugar Land dentist discusses the link between periodontal disease and obesity.
How Obesity Affects The Body
Did you know that according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), around 67% of American adults are obese, or overweight? This number has been gradually increasing over the past two decades. Childhood obesity has also tripled since 1980, putting many children at an increased risk for chronic health issues.
Obesity has long been linked with issues such as diabetes, respiratory disease, stroke, and heart disease because fat cells are known to contain hormones and chemical signals that increase inflammation in the body. While lifestyle choices also play a factor, inflammation is a big contributor to chronic health concerns. It’s now becoming clear that obesity can also contribute to periodontal disease, which is also linked with many of the same chronic issues.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is the infection of the tissues that surround and the bone that supports your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease will eventually lead to bone and tooth loss. While there is no cure for gum disease, the good news is that your dental provider can help you effectively manage your condition.
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease, can be treated with a thorough professional cleaning and an improved home care routine. If it’s detected early enough, some patients may have the opportunity to reverse their condition. This is why regular visits to your dentist are so important in order to maintain optimum oral health.
The more advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis, requires a deeper cleaning that reaches the tartar and bacteria build up beneath the gum line. This type of cleaning is called scaling and root planing. Your dentist may also want to see you for more than just two regular visits per year.
Dr. Paul Davey, your Sugar Land dentist at Texas Got Smile has been helping patients effectively manage and control their periodontal conditions for decades. He and his highly skilled team are well equipped to help you manage nay stage of gum disease you may be experiencing. You’ll appreciate the gentle care and personalized attention that you receive from Dr. Davey.
If your gums are red and swollen, or bleed when you brush you may be experiencing the early stages of periodontal disease. Contact our office right away to schedule your appointment. Your health is too important to risk!