Gum disease is more than just bothersome irritation when you floss your teeth. It’s a serious condition that can cause gum recession, bone loss, loose teeth, and even make it difficult to manage your overall health.
Your Mouth is the Gateway to Your Body
Active infections in the mouth allow bacteria to enter into your bloodstream and make it difficult for your immune system to fight off infection. In fact, bacteria can even lodge within your blood vessels! Studies have shown that the more severe your gum disease is, the higher risk you have of unmanaged:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Premature labor
- Erectile dysfunction
One of the first steps to helping you manage conditions like blood sugar levels or arterial plaque is creating a clean, bacteria-free environment inside of your mouth.
How to Reverse Gum Disease
Eliminating gum disease and creating a healthy mouth begins with a professional cleaning to remove loose and calcified bacteria along the teeth, just under the gumlines. Occasionally, medication may be needed to improve the healing response following therapy. Customized oral hygiene instruction allows you to pinpoint areas of the biggest concern, and find new or alternative ways to keep them clean on a daily basis. Mild gum disease symptoms can be completely reversed, while more severe periodontal infections can be managed for the long-term, preventing the spread of infection to other areas of the mouth and body. Each of our patients receives a customized care plan based on their oral health needs and extent of disease.
Dental Partners of Brookline can help you manage and reverse your gum disease with preventive and therapeutic periodontal treatments. If your gums are sensitive, bleed, or you have visible tartar buildup – it’s time to give us a call!