Gingivitis is said to affect more than half of all adults in the United States. A number of health issues, including periodontis (gum disease), can be caused by gingivitis. If gingivitis is affecting you, contact our office to find out how we can help you and improve your oral health.
Gum disease and your health
Bacteria that builds up in the pockets in your gums and teeth can be caused by gum disease. This bacteria can enter your bloodstream if your gums bleed, which in turn can put you at risk for a number of serious general health issues such as:
- Pre-term births
- Respiratory Disease
- Heart Disease
Comprehensive cleanings such as root planing and scaling which clear any build up in the roots of your teeth are the best way to contain infections and treat periodontal issues. Your dental professional might suggest using certain mouth washes or toothpastes to help with preventing periodontal disease. In more serious situations, antibiotics may need to be prescribed. For the most serious cases, surgery may be the only option.