You know the importance of good oral health to a smile that looks and feels good. But it helps the rest of your body feel good too. There is lots of research that demonstrates the connection between healthy teeth and gums and a healthy body. One of the ways we see this most clearly is the link between gum disease and diabetes. People with diabetes are more prone to develop this infection of the gums.
Gum disease causes many dental problems, including sore and bleeding gums, bad breath – and ultimately, if left untreated, tooth and bone loss. It also causes higher blood sugar, which makes you more susceptible to many problems including heart disease and stroke. That may sound a little scary – and it can be. But fortunately, gum disease prevention isn’t too difficult.
As you’ll see in this video, daily brushing and flossing and regular dental exams and cleanings are keys to stopping gum disease. During your exams we look for signs of disease. If we find any, we can stop it in its early stages with a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. If needed, we can also offer antibiotics to return your gums to health – and keep the rest of your body healthier too.