Gum Disease / Chronic Inflammation

Gum Disease – Why it affects more than just your mouth...

Oral care affects more than just your mouth. Research shows that oral hygiene is a major factor in your overall health.

Gum disease has been linked to serious chronic conditions such as:

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Stroke
  • Oral, head and neck cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory infections
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy complications

Treating oral inflammation may help manage periodontal disease and may also help manage other chronic conditions.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects up to 70% of adults over the age of 30. It begins with the formation of plaque (bacteria) at the gum line. Over time the plaque hardens into calcium deposits called tartar. If not removed, the tartar can cause an infection and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). The infection can eventually break down the gum tissue and spread to the underlying bone.

Diagnosing periodontal disease:

Our dental team will measure the depth of your gum pockets and examine x-rays to determine bone loss.

What can you do?

Home care is 70% of your success– maintaining healthy teeth and gums isn’t just about fresh breath or a nice smile.

Brushing and flossing – daily brushing and flossing is critical to your oral health.

Fluoride and medicaments – we may recommend home treatment using fluoride and other medicaments.

Essential Oils – recent studies have shown that the use of oils can decrease if chronic oral inflammation.

Regular check-ups with your dentist