Gum Disease and Your Health

Most patients tend to forget about the gums during their regular oral hygiene routine. The gums help protect the teeth, so it is important that they receive the attention too. Recent research has even linked unhealthy gums to increased risk of respiratory problems and heart disease. Scary, we know. Taking care of your gums is quite simple and only adds a short time to your regular oral hygiene routine. At Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs GA, restorative dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen focuses on providing complete dental care. Dr. Paulen evaluates all aspects of your smile including your gums, teeth, bone structure, and occlusal system to determine if any complex dental issues have developed and finds the appropriate treatment plan for you. To take charge of your oral health and get your gums examined, schedule an appointment with us today!

Gum Disease

Gum disease is the presence of bacteria that collects below the gum line. The bacteria causes inflammation in the gums, causing them to bleed or become irritated. Over time, if gum disease is not treated, deep pockets that store harmful bacteria will begin to form below the gum line. Once gum disease has developed, patients may experience no symptoms at all or any of these symptoms:

  • Persistent and recurring bad breath that can’t be solved by brushing
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Receding gums

Gum Disease & The Body

Recent studies have shown that gum disease can affect other parts of the body if left untreated.  Research has shown that the presence of gum disease has been linked to respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. When harmful bacteria are present in the mouth, it may cause immune and inflammation issues in other parts of the body. Gum disease may even be linked to heart problems like blockages, heart disease, and stroke. In many cases, the mouth is the gateway to the body, so treating it properly is essential to maintaining your overall health.

A few tips to help prevent gum disease:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes a day.
  • Incorporate flossing into your oral hygiene routine. Flossing helps remove plaque and debris between the teeth.
  • Schedule a biannual visit at Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs, GA with Dr. Paulen. A comprehensive examine can help Dr. Paulen spot any early signs of complex dental issues like gum disease. Our Sandy Springs dental office offers a full range of periodontal therapy service for patients suffering from gum disease.