Did you know that disease causing oral bacteria may shorten your life span?
Your mouth is full of bacteria, and most are actually helping to keep your digestive system operating properly. Oral bacteria requires a careful balance, and some bacteria can actually cause harm to your oral and overall health. Sandy Springs, GA dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen writes on the Oral-Systemic connection and how gum disease can affect your overall well being.
Gum Disease & The Body Connection
Oral bacteria that influence your systemic health is part of the oral-systemic connection. This connection is becoming more evident as research emerges showing the link between gum disease causing bacteria and serious health developments. Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection. Left untreated gum disease may lead to tooth loss, gum recession, bone loss and sagging of the facial structure. Gum disease must be treated as soon as possible to avoid further oral and systemic health concerns. Gum disease is a part of the oral-systemic connection and has also been linked to an increased risk of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, strokes.
Keeping Your Smile Healthy
If you notice any changes in your gums, teeth or overall oral health, be sure to contact our Sandy Springs, GA dentist office. Treating gum disease early can help prevent further complications allowing Dr. Paulen to restore the health to your gums and teeth. Six-month dental check ups are also important at keeping your teeth and gums healthy and maintaining your overall health. Be sure to Schedule your bi-annual dental check up to keep your smile bright!