When you think of gum disease, what is the first image that comes to mind? Perhaps you imagine tender, swollen gums that bleed when you brush or floss. You may even think of gum sensitivity and persistent bad breath, both of which are common symptoms of periodontal disease.
While these signs certainly do signal a serious oral health concern, there are even more severe complications associated with untreated gum disease. At Advanced Dental Care in Cocoa, FL, Dr. Dieter Burr and his team want to help you reduce your risk of developing these problems by offering comprehensive periodontal therapy.
How Does Gum Disease Affect My Health?
When gum tissue is infected, it harbors millions of harmful bacteria deep within periodontal pockets. As the gums become more and more inflamed, more bacteria colonize beneath the tissue, worsening the condition exponentially.
If these bacteria are allowed to cross into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body, they can begin wreaking havoc elsewhere silently and gradually. Over time, they can cause damage to other tissues as well, even if the affected patient is completely unaware of the problem.
The bacteria found in infected gum tissue have been linked to a variety of systemic health conditions, including:
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Premature birth and low birth weight in mothers with gum disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cancer of the pancreas and blood
While there is no way to completely eradicate gum disease once it is has set in, periodontal therapy can effectively reduce the levels of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Periodontal therapy visits are scheduled more frequently than normal cleanings in order to ensure that the infection stays controlled.
As with any of our services, Dr. Burr and his team are happy to answer any questions you may have about your periodontal treatment plan here at our Cocoa, FL dental office.
Take Control of Your Health
If you or someone you care about is suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at Advanced Dental Care and schedule a consultation with Dr. Burr. Our family-friendly Cocoa, FL dental practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Titusville, Port St. John’s, and beyond.