You can have periodontal gum disease and not even know it. Not everyone has symptoms like bleeding gums, tooth loss, or bad breath.
While you may be aware that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and dentists treat it to protect your teeth, there is a lot more you need to know.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and one of the primary sources of chronic inflammation in your body. Not only can this inflammation deplete your immune system, but it has been linked to many major medical diseases, as well. Conditions like:
Allergies, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive disorders, Fibromyalgia, Heart disease, Heart valve problems, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Pancreatitis, Parkinson’s, Psoriasis, Stroke, and more….
It just got serious. Real serious.
Taking care of your dental health is not just about teeth. Preventing and treating bacteria related conditions in your mouth can protect your health too.
The best way to do this is to brush and floss every day and see your dentist and hygienist at recommended intervals. Some people, especially those with a history of gum disease, need to see their dentist more often.
If you are due or past due for a dental visit, we encourage you to come in. We will do our best to support you in staying healthy and keeping a smile on your face.
If you are considering a new dentist in the Knoxville area, we would love to hear from you. Just call: (865) 922-1613