What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection that breaks down the connective tissues that hold the teeth, gums, and bones together. As the disease progresses, pockets begin to form in the gums as they begin to recede and pull away from the teeth. If the disease is left unchecked, it can eventually lead to tooth loss.
If you have red, swollen gums or experience bleeding when brushing or flossing, you may have some form of gum disease.
Why the health of your gums is vital to your overall wellbeing
Treating gum disease isn’t just about keeping your mouth healthy. There are a number of serious health conditions that have been connected with periodontal disease, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory disease such as pneumonia, and some forms of cancer.
Though experts are still exploring the details, it’s becoming clear that your oral health has a significant impact on the health of your entire body. Treating inflammation of the gums can help with inflammatory conditions elsewhere. The infographic below highlights some of the known connections between gum disease and these conditions.
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