The Oral-Systemic Health Connection

The Oral-Systemic Health Connection

Inflammation can wreak havoc on your overall health. Heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are just a few of the many illnesses tied to chronic inflammation. While it seems like the entire population is suddenly learning about the link between your immune response and systemic illness, your periodontist has known for quite some time. Periodontal infection creates a perpetual inflammatory response that can contribute to systemic disease. This is just one of the reasons why Dr. Darryl A. Field recommends immediate treatment at the first sign of gum disease in Jacksonville Beach, FL.

How Gum Disease Creates Inflammation

All of us have bacteria that live in our mouths. Normally, they are cleared away through regular brushing and flossing. When proper oral care regimens are not followed, the bacteria can flourish and infect the gums. Your body responds with red, swollen gums that may bleed when brushing or flossing. This response will continue indefinitely, causing additional health problems, until gum disease is treated by your periodontist.

Conditions Linked to Gum Disease

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Memory problems
  • Premature births and low birth weights
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Respiratory illness

Advanced, Convenient Treatment for Gum Disease

When detected early, gum disease treatments can be as simple as antibiotic therapy or a deep cleaning. Even moderate to severe gum disease can be effectively treated with advanced laser surgery, without the scalpels or sutures of traditional gum surgery. The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Minimized discomfort
  •  Immediate reduction in swelling
  • Faster recovery with less downtime
  • Ability to regenerate bone lost to gum disease
  • Greater accuracy preserves healthy tissue

Symptoms of gum disease include swollen or bleeding gums, gum recession, bad breath, tooth sensitivity or loose teeth. If you have the symptoms of gum disease in Jacksonville Beach, FL, schedule a consultation with Dr. Field today.

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