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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) 324-6171.
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) 324-6171. Our dentists provide general and cosmetic dentistry care for your entire family, with convenient appointment times available six days a week.
If your dentist were designing your daily menu, what would he or she put on your plate? Everything you eat and drink has an impact on your oral health—for better or for worse. Here is a look at some of the things your dentist would want you to keep in mind when making foods choices.
Choose Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
For your dental health, it is a good idea to limit snacking. Every time you eat, you introduce new foods into your mouth that can get stuck on your teeth and encourage bacteria to grow. However, when you do reach for something between meals, grab crunchy fruits and vegetables, like apples and carrots. As you chew these foods, they scrub the surfaces of your teeth, helping to remove bacteria that cause plaque. These foods also help boost saliva production, which helps clear out lingering bacteria.
Reach for Tap Water
Water is the best beverage for your dental health. Sugary juices and sodas feed plaque-causing bacteria, which leads to tooth decay. What diet soda lacks in sugar it makes up for in acids. These acids strip away your tooth enamel, leaving you vulnerable to sensitivity and decay. Although bottled water is a better choice than those beverages, be sure to also get some tap water each day. Tap water contains fluoride, which helps to strengthen your teeth.
Dish Up Dairy Foods
Dairy foods, like low-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt, are great choices for your oral health because of their calcium content. Calcium helps to strengthen your tooth enamel and is an important ingredient in remineralization, a process in which minerals are restored to your teeth after being stripped away. Boost the power of your dairy foods by adding lean protein and nuts to your diet as well.
Talk to your dentist at Dental Care of Stamford to learn more about mouth-healthy eating. In addition to our general dentistry care, we also offer cosmetic dentistry, TMJ treatment, care for fearful patients, and much more. Get answers to your questions about our services by calling our Stamford dental office at (203) 324-6171.