As we learn more about the connections between periodontal health and our overall health, we see more and more links. Researchers are now finding similarities with the bacteria associated with periodontal disease and that which causes rheumatoid arthritis. Learning more about how these chronic conditions are related can help us understand how to better prevent them for occurring in the first place. Meanwhile, your dentist in Chico, CA can help you manage and even prevent periodontal disease with regular, six-month cleanings and examinations. Here's what you should know about keeping periodontal disease at bay.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is essentially an infection of the soft tissue and bone that surround and support your teeth. The inflammation is caused by bacteria that are allowed below the gum line when excessive plaque buildup causes your teeth to separate from your gums. The infection will gradually destroy the support system for your teeth if it's left untreated, and will eventually lead to tooth loss. It can also contribute to other health conditions in the body such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Patients suffering from these chronic conditions are also more likely to develop gum disease.
How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
Your first line of defense against gum disease is your six-month checkups and cleanings with your dentist. During these examinations, we'll screen you for gum disease and remove the excess plaque buildup that causes it. If we detect it in its early stage, know as gingivitis, we can often help you successfully manage it with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine.
If your gum disease has progressed to more advanced stages, known as periodontitis, we'll perform a more thorough cleaning below the gum line to remove tartar and plaque buildup and heal your infection. We may also recommend antibiotic therapy or surgery in some cases.
Protect Your Health
Your health is too important to risk! Give South Chico Dental Care a call today to schedule your next appointment and protect your health.