Poor oral health can have a negative influence on the overall health of the entire body.
Lifestyle factors, poor oral health and genetics can all contribute to the development of periodontal disease. This can have a negative impact on your oral health, leading to concerns such as gum recession, tooth abscesses, bad breath, loose teeth and in even some cases tooth loss!
Periodontal disease (commonly referred to as gum disease) can also contribute to a range of serious overall health concerns such as:
- Respiratory diseases
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Low birth weights and premature births
It is important to note the symptoms of gum disease and maintain a proper oral hygiene routine as this disease is usually painless and may not become apparent until it has reached advanced stages.
The symptoms of gum disease can include:
- Bleeding gums after you brush or floss your teeth
- Teeth that are loose or have moved from position
- Gums that are swollen, tender or inflamed
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Pus around teeth and gums and persistent pimples along the gum line
- Unexplained sores within your mouth
- Gums that are receding away from your teeth
One of the best ways to avoid periodontal disease is to schedule a deep clean with the dentist every six months. There is strong scientific evidence of the link between smoking and periodontal disease, and this negative lifestyle habit can also slow down the healing process and effectiveness of gum disease treatment.
In the unfortunate circumstance that you do develop gum disease, it is important to seek treatment at our Sydney city dental practice as soon as possible, to minimise your risk of developing the serious oral and overall health concerns associated with this disease.