Whether you are in need of a basic cleaning or looking for dental implants, your dentist in Plantation, FL, Dr. Uttma Dham can make your mouth happy and healthy.
The dental team at Westside Dental Center in Plantation, FL is available to help with all of your dental needs.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is classified as gum disease, which comes in all forms, including mild gum inflammation all the way to bone and teeth loss. Gum disease is caused by bacteria originating from accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth. With regular home care and visits to the dentist, gum disease can be controlled. If the plaque is not removed by brushing, then tartar will form, which is only removable by a dentist or dental hygienist. If it is not removed it builds up and causes inflammation in the gums, known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease and can be treated easily by good home care and regular dental visits. However, if gingivitis is not treated, it can turn into periodontitis. This is a disease in which the gums pull away from the bone and create pockets that become infected with bacteria that ultimately take over in your mouth and cause tooth and bone loss. Your dentist in Plantation can make sure that this does not happen to you by providing you with great dental service over the years.
There are several factors that can increase the likelihood of developing gum disease. Poor hygiene is one of the biggest factors. There is also your genetic predisposition, meaning your genes are prone to having problematic teeth. There is also smoking that causes teeth to be affected negatively. Then there are crooked teeth, which are hard to clean in between making the cleansing of teeth even harder. There are also medications that can have a side effect that interferes with your teeth, like medications that give you dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to irritation and inflammation of the gums.
Other Disease Beyond the Mouth
Studies have shown there might be a link between gum disease and heart disease (stroke). The correlation between gum disease and heart disease is linked in studies that state that you are twice as likely to have heart disease if you have periodontal disease. Common problems in the mouth, like cavities, gum disease, and missing teeth are as good as cholesterol levels for predicting heart disease. So, regular dental visits and good oral care just may be helping keep your heart healthy too.
Keeping your mouth clean with regular check-ups is an exceptional way to stay healthy and safe from periodontal disease and any other diseases that may be linked. Avoid risk factors as much as possible and visit Westside Dental Center in Plantation, FL regularly so they keep your teeth happy and keep you smiling for years to come.