Last updated 9 days ago
Has your dentist diagnosed you with gum disease? Even if your symptoms aren’t severe right now, you should never take gum disease lightly. Without treatment, not only could your oral health deteriorate so much that you eventually lose your teeth, but you could also experience serious repercussions with your overall health. Here are just a few of the issues you could face if you don’t stick to your dentist’s treatment plan for gum disease.
Research has shown a strong link between untreated gum disease and heart disease. Although dentists aren’t yet sure exactly how gum disease triggers heart issues, they suspect that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease can cause inflammation in the cardiovascular system. Likewise, bacteria from the mouth can enter the blood stream and cause infections. If you already have heart disease, gum disease can worsen your condition.
Gum disease and diabetes contribute to each other in a dangerous cycle. People with diabetes are more prone to gum disease, especially when their blood glucose levels aren’t well managed. Extra glucose in the saliva plus dry mouth symptoms associated with high blood glucose both contribute to gum disease. Any infection, including gum disease, makes it more difficult to control blood glucose. Therefore, gum disease exacerbates diabetes, which in turn makes gum disease harder to treat. Your dentist and your endocrinologist can work together to break this cycle with gum disease treatment and improved diabetes management.
Dentists suspect that gum disease is linked to a long list of other medical conditions, thanks to the systemic inflammation it causes. Osteoporosis and respiratory diseases may be tied to gum disease, as are certain cancers. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, men with gum disease were 54 percent more likely to get pancreatic cancer, 49 percent more likely to get kidney cancer, and 30 percent more vulnerable to blood cancers.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, make an appointment with Dental Care of Stamford so treatment can begin. Regular check-ups with our Stamford dentists can help catch gum disease early, when it is easier to treat. Schedule an appointment today by calling (203) 883-4464.
Last updated 16 days ago
At Dental Care of Stamford, Dr. Jerry M. Simon is an integral part of our tradition of excellent patient care and comfort. He has been named one of the top dentists in Connecticut, thanks to his dedication to continuing education and commitment to bringing his patients the very latest in cutting-edge dental care.
Dr. Simon is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry. In addition to delivering compassionate care to his patients, Dr. Simon has taught cosmetic dentistry at NYU and the University of Kentucky and has authored over 100 articles in professional journals. You may have seen Dr. Simon working as a guest dental commentator for Fox, ABC, NBC, and Discovery. Dr. Simon is also the author of the best-selling book Stop Headaches Now, and more than 10,000 dentists worldwide have adopted his Best-Bite Discluder invention.
To make an appointment with Dr. Simon or any member of our Dental Care of Stamford team, call our office at (203) 883-4464. Our dentists provide general and cosmetic dentistry care for your entire family, with convenient appointment times available six days a week.