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Periodontitis and your overall health

Periodontitis and Your Health

Periodontitis can affect the body in a negative way and this will affect every part of the system. There have been many studies on how periodontal disease may affect the body and how it is being linked to the increased risk of diabetes, respiratory disease, pregnancy complication, stroke, cancer and heart disease.

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What it is the relationship between periodontitis and health problems?

There have been different theories that try to explain links found between health issues and gum diseases or other health problems. Periodontitis is a result of the bacteria and if it is not checked, bacteria can reach to deep pockets near your bone area found between the gums and teeth. The gum can bleed, turn sore or can look red. Too much bacteria can cause the gum disease which can enter in the blood stream and travel to reach the entire body. The harmful bacteria found in a mouth, were found out that they may hurt the lungs, brain and heart and it can also affect women who are pregnant. Such bacteria cannot be found in the mouth if the person is healthy. As the body will be trying to fight off the foreign bacteria, the risks to suffer pregnancy complication, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease will increase.

The body is a complete entity so what can attack a certain body part, it will affect the entire body also. If you have improved oral health, you will also get improved health in general.

To deal with health problems caused by periodontitis, it is important to take good care of the teeth.  Regardless of who you are, if you have teeth in the mouth, then you have to floss and to brush on regular basis and maintain your scheduled dental visits.  In case you fail to do this, then it can damage your teeth, mouth and gums in long term.  However, the problem that results from the periodontitis will go beyond the gum disease and cavities.

Periodontitis and heart disease: even if the researchers are still learning more on how gum disease has connections with heart disease, there is a strong association that makes them to believe that it is so.  It has been found out that periodontitis increases the risk of heart disease even for people who are healthy otherwise. Scientists theorized the inflammation which is caused by the gum disease can be the cause of heart problems in some cases.  It has also been found out that people who have preexisting health problem have increased risks of suffering the cardiac problem when they start to suffer gum disease.

Periodontal disease may lead to the stroke

Periodontitis is also believed to increase risks of getting stroke.  Even if the relationship is yet to be established, the research is still underway but people who suffer oral infections are at risk of suffering the stroke more compared to the people who have no oral problem.

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Periodontitis and diabetes

People, who suffer diabetes, are at high risk of suffering the gum disease compared to these who have no gum problem. Diabetes will make it easier for the people to suffer the infection more and if diabetes is not under control, then the person is at higher risk of getting gum disease.  The research had also found out that people who suffer periodontitis can also be at risk of diabetes since the infection prevent the body to control the blood sugar level better which leads to higher level of sugar in the system.


Periodontitis may lead to respiratory problems

If you suffer gum disease, you can suffer destructive bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria can reach in the lungs where it may cause respiratory problem.

Who is affected by periodontitis?

The person who does not observe the right oral hygiene, he can suffer the gum disease.   However, there are some medical condition and behavior which can lead to periodontal disease like poor nutrition, teeth grinding, some medication, stress, diabetes and tobacco use.

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Surgical treatment is required for advanced periodontitis.

Flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery: periodontitis leads to tiny incision in the gum which makes the gum tissue to get lifted back and this expose the root for more root planing and scaling. Since periodontitis may lead to bone loss, the underlying bone can be re-contoured so that the gum tissue can get sutured back in its old place. After healing, it will be easier for cleaning such area and to maintain a healthy gum tissue.

Soft tissue graft:  After losing gum tissue, gum line can recede and the patient may be required to have the soft tissue reinforced. This is mostly done through removing the small amount of the tissue away of the roof of the mouth or plate. It can also come from another donor source and attaching it at the affected place. This will prevent any further gum recession and it covers the exposed root while it gives the teeth a pleasing appearance.

Bone grafting: this is a procedure which is performed when the periodontitis may have destroyed the bone on the tooth root. The graft is made up with small fragments of the bone and the implant bone can be donated or synthetic. The bone graft can prevent the tooth loss and it holds the tooth in its place. It is also the platform used for the re-growth of a natural bone.

The guided tissue regeneration: this is meant to help the bone re-growth in case it may have been destroyed by the bacteria.  The dentist will place a certain piece of the biocompatible fabric between the tooth and the bone. This material will prevent the unwanted tissue against entering in the area which is still healing and the bone can grow back.

Tissue stimulating proteins:  this is a technique which requires the application of the special gel in the diseased tooth root. The gel has the protein found in the enamel of the developing tooth and it may stimulate the growth of the healthy tissue and bone.


Symptoms of periodontitis

It is easy to know when someone suffers periodontitis with the following symptoms

  • Bleeding gums through flossing or brushing
  • Very red gums which are sore and swollen
  • Chronic bad breath and bad taste in a mouth
  • Shifting and loose teeth
  • Pus around gums
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including: Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works). They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude. GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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