Did you know that 50% of heart attacks are triggered by oral infections? At Kernan Family Dental, it is our priority to provide you with a beautiful smile. Our team is committed to providing you with exceptional dental care. Your oral health is important to us and our goal is to reduce your chances of gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an oral infection that derives from plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque is composed of thousands of bacteria, that creates a sticky white substance on the surface of your teeth and along the gum line. If plaque is left untreated, tartar forms and prolonged neglect will lead to gum inflammation and disease.
What Happens if Gum Disease is Left Untreated?
Significant gum disease can prove detrimental to your oral and overall physical health. If left untreated, studies have shown to increase your risk for health-related illnesses.
According to the NYU College of Dentistry, there has been evidence to support the link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies show that there are long-term effects associated with gum disease for cognitive functions in healthy and impaired individuals. Gum disease may not just contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, but brain inflammation and neurodegeneration conditions as well.
From prolonged gum disease, expectant or soon-to-be expectant mothers may be at risk for stillbirths. Intrauterine infection accounts for 60% of perinatal deaths alone. It is reported that a pregnancy complication such as stillbirth, originated with the infection in the mother’s mouth.
Depression can be a direct link to gum disease and worsened if left untreated. A dysregulated hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis can be responsible. If the axis is dysregulated (i.e. triggered by depression), cortisol and adrenal levels weaken. Also, the immune system will dysfunction leading to the breakdown of gum tissue.
Other mediators include:
Bacteremia occurs when there is bacteria present in the bloodstream. Oral microbes are commonly found in the following areas:
Gum disease enhances bacteremia that results in acute and chronic inflammation. It can lead to pathological issues with bacteremia in your blood.
At our office, the Perio Tray delivery of hydrogen peroxide can reduce bacteremia by 99.98%
What are the Benefits of Treatment?
Are You Looking for Gum Disease Treatment in Florida?
We strive to make your gum disease treatment as seamless as possible. This is a serious condition that is customized based on each individual. Our office has state-of-the-art technology to identify, diagnose, and treat gum disease. Contact us today to learn more!