dental checkup smile Can your oral health determine if you’re at risk for heart disease? Believe it or not, your mouth definitely can! There have been countless studies that have found patients with periodontal disease (advanced gum disease) are just about twice as likely to develop heart disease.

The American population has a history of having high cholesterol which further increases their chance of having heart issues. This is especially true if they don’t take exceptional care of their dental health. Your dentist is here to explain the correlation between your systematic health and your oral health.

Understanding Gum Disease

The signs of gum disease are quite straightforward and should never be ignored. If you experience the red flags of gum disease, but you’re not sure if this is the real problem, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are your gums red and swollen?
  • Are your gums tender during your dental hygiene routine?
  • Do you notice blood—even a little—while you’re brushing or flossing?
  • Have you noticed puss along your gum line or between your teeth?
  • Do your permanent teeth feel loose?
  • Are your gums starting to recede and show the roots of your teeth?
  • Do you see pockets or bulges along your gum line?
  • Do you have bad breath no matter what you do?

Gum Disease Should Never Be Ignored

Research has shown that advanced gum disease can cause many other serious health issues. Patients may experience strokes, diabetes, and heart disease. Simple brushing, flossing, and keeping regular dental appointments can reduce your chances of developing health problems.

Your Dentist Can Help with Gum Disease

When it comes to revitalizing your gum health, there are different ways to approach each patient depending on their severity.  If one of our dental professionals notice that you have mildly inflamed gums, he may recommend that you come in for more frequent, thorough cleanings. But, if frequent professional cleanings aren’t reversing the effects of gum disease, we may provide you an in-depth, non-surgical cleaning known as scaling and root planing with our advanced soft tissue laser.

Types of Gum Disease Therapy

Unfortunately, gum disease isn’t completely curable. Even though that’s a stark reality, we can treat gum disease accordingly once it’s already set in. In most cases, you can expect painless, non-surgical therapy including:

Scaling

A non-surgical portion of gum disease therapy that removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line.

Root Planing

Dentists will smooth the tooth roots to promote new, healthy attached gums after performing scaling.

Antibiotic Therapy

Some patients will receive a doctor prescribed antibiotic to take alongside more frequent dental cleanings and scaling and root planing. This helps to battle internal infections.

Oral Surgery

This is the last option and reserved for patients with severe cases of gum disease. In some severe cases, your dentist may refer patients to a trusted, specialized periodontist. This specialist can help you to receive the dental care they severely need.


About Our Office

Do you need a dentist that cares about your overall health as much as your oral health? Look no further, Dr. Tim Stineman and Dr. Chad Ollom are here to help you optimize both! By practicing excellent preventive care, All Smiles Dental is able to ward off gum disease and heart disease at the same time. If you would like to speak with our expert dentists, feel free to call our Algonquin office.