How Periodontal Disease Negatively Impacts Other Aspects of Your Health

If you have teeth that are sensitive to cold and heat, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, or a gum line that keeps creeping away from your teeth making them look elongated, it might be time to visit a qualified dentist. These could be signs of periodontal (gum) disease, which could adversely affect your overall health.

At Steelecroft Dental in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. John L. Bishop can evaluate your gum health and help you control periodontal disease so it doesn’t negatively impact the rest of your body’s systems.  

What is periodontal disease?

When your gums aren’t properly cared for, or if you have a medical condition or take medication that affects your saliva production (such as diabetes, which causes dry mouth, or decongestants, which can do the same), you can get gum disease and not even know it is happening. 

Periodontal disease has several stages:

How does periodontal disease affect overall health?

Periodontal disease can cause inflammation in other parts of the body and indirectly affect or exacerbate many common health conditions:

What can be done for periodontitis?

A good oral hygiene routine at home paired with twice-annual dental cleanings is the best defense against gum disease. If you do have periodontitis, Dr. Bishop can help lay out a treatment plan for you that includes deep cleaning to remove bacteria below the gum line and gum treatments to close the pockets that hold bacteria and eliminate infections. 

If you have signs of periodontal disease, it’s time to book an appointment with Dr. Bishop at Stonecroft Dental. You can call 980-320-0207, or request an appointment using our online booking system

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