Are Your Gums Healthy or Are They Hurting Your Health?

Approximately 80% of people in the Atlanta and Decatur, GA area have less than perfect periodontal health. For some, it’s gingivitis that they aren’t paying close enough attention to. For others, it has gone beyond that. Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, can cause you pain and discomfort. It can cost you your teeth. And the problems related to periodontal disease extend far beyond your mouth, too.

Systemic links to periodontal disease are explored through the links below. Prevention is the best approach but if you have signs of gum disease or haven’t had a gum assessment in the past six months, it’s in the best interest of your oral health and your overall health to have your gums assessed.

Doctors Roberts and Cumberbatch believe wholeheartedly in the proven connection between your mouth and your overall health. If you have periodontal bacteria it can be inhaled, ingested, and absorbed into your bloodstream. The effects are far-reaching. Conversely, if you have specific health conditions or pre-dispositions due to genetics, these are also reasons to pay extra attention to your oral health. Some diseases are exacerbated by poor gum health. And for some, escalating gum disease is a sign of other health conditions and risks.

Gum Disease: Early Detection is Important for Your health

The longer signs of gum disease are ignored (gum soreness, gingivitis/bleeding gums, loosening teeth, and receding gums), the more the oral bacteria thriving can do damage. It could manifest itself in a variety of ways, including: elevating your risk for heart disease and stroke, put pregnancy at risk of preterm labor, increase your risk of certain cancers, and more. Periodontal health is also linked to chronic respiratory infections, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

The below graphic can help you learn more about the impact and risk factors for many of the common gum disease systemic links.

Choose Decatur, GA Dentists at Roberts Family Dental to Prevent or Treat Gum Disease

We frequently help our patients prevent gum disease and for many who catch it early, we can reverse the damage. Periodontal treatments are available in our Decatur dental office from a team of dental professionals who care about your oral health as well as your comfort. Contact our office for an appointment. We offer help in multiple areas of dentistry services, including: preventative, general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. We can help you get or keep a healthy smile.

More information about periodontal disease and how it could be putting your health in jeopardy. Call (404) 334-9542 for your appointment.