It seems like every other month, new research discovers links between gum disease and the other systems of the body. It all started a few decades ago when researchers found a connection between gum disease and heart health. The studies have continued and now include many other systems that suffer when your gums are diseased.
- Heart health
- Sexual function
- Certain types of cancer
- Respiratory conditions (chronic bronchitis, COPD)
- Low birth weight babies
- Alzheimer’s disease
Now the latest research identified a link between gum disease and reduced kidney function. Your kidneys eliminate waste and toxins from your body, so their healthy function is essential.
More studies are necessary to discover the actual relationship and the cause and effect of these links, but for now, we do know that healthier gums equal better overall health.
How to Treat Gum Disease
At Atlantic Dental, we treat gum disease based on the level of progression and your unique needs. A periodontal evaluation will help us to determine the correct approach. During the assessment, we will measure the pockets that have developed between your teeth and gums. Ones, twos, and threes are healthy numbers, while any pockets greater than a three require additional dental cleanings.
All of our dental cleanings are tailored to improve and maintain good oral health. Our hygienists are gentle and knowledgeable with the latest information to help our patients enjoy better periodontal health and love discussing ways you can improve your gums at home.
With diligent home care and by staying on top of your recommended treatment plan, you can learn to manage gum disease effectively. Since it can re-develop quickly, it is important to stay on track.
Dentist in Ocean City, MD
We are here to help. If you want a dentist in Ocean City who understands the importance of preventive dental care, contact us! We look forward to welcoming and helping you achieve healthier gums, fresh breath, and a beautiful smile.