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By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
May 12, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Periodontal Health  

Your periodontal health is more crucial than you think. Are you aware that your oral health provides clues regarding your overall health? Issues with your teeth and gums could impact your entire body. Here at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA, we can help maintain and ensure your periodontal health with help from your periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper. Meanwhile, safeguard your overall health by learning about the link between your overall health and periodontal health.

The Link Between Overall Health and Periodontal Health

Your mouth, like other parts of your body, is teeming with mostly harmless bacteria. The mouth, however, is the perfect access point to the respiratory and digestive tracts, and certain bacteria could cause infections and diseases. Typically, your body’s natural defense mechanisms, coupled with proper oral hygiene, can keep bacteria from wreaking havoc in your body.

Without good oral care habits, bacteria could result in oral infections like gum disease and tooth decay. Likewise, certain medicines like antihistamines, decongestants, pain relievers, antidepressants, and diuretics could decrease saliva flow and production. This could further contribute to oral infections.

Additionally, studies have revealed that inflammation and bacteria responsible for periodontitis or severe gum disease might also contribute to certain diseases. Diseases like AIDS/HIV, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis could reduce your body’s infection-fighting abilities, which make oral health issues more severe.

Conditions Associated with Periodontal Health

Your periodontal health may contribute to a host of conditions and diseases such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Pneumonia
  • Birth complications and pregnancy

Other health issues that are linked to periodontal health include certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, eating disorders, and certain immune system disorders.

How to Maintain Optimum Periodontal Health

To ensure optimum periodontal health and overall health, you should be practicing these oral care habits:

  • Brush your pearly whites twice daily with some fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Floss every day at least once.
  • Rinse with a fluoridated or antibacterial mouthwash to further get rid of debris brushing and flossing didn’t remove.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Schedule routine dental cleanings and exams with your periodontist in Pasadena, CA. Call your dentist when you have issues with your mouth because the earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the results.
  • Buy a new toothbrush when you see the bristles wearing, out or every three months, whichever comes first.
  • Eat a balanced diet with limited added sugars.

For Concerns, Questions, or Advice on Your Periodontal Health, We Can Help

Schedule an assessment with your periodontist, Dr. Peter Cooper, here at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA, by calling (626) 796-1241.

periodontal healthy gumsListen up!  Your oral health is connected to a host of other health conditions that go beyond your mouth.  Problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body, further proving the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene.  Studies suggest that periodontitis is associated with diabetes, heart disease, and pneumonia, among other diseases. 
 
 
Some diseases are associated with an increased risk of infections, such as diabetes, which increases the risk of gingival and periodontal inflammation and infections. When there is an underlying condition in play, your dentist may be able to draw an important connection between your oral health and your overall health. 
 
 
By visiting our Pasadena periodontist, we can do more than leave you with a sparkling, healthy smile.  Research suggests that the health of your mouth directly relates to the condition of your body as a whole.  If your oral health is poor, then you may develop other health problems, including diabetes, asthma and heart disease. With an appointment at our office, we can provide you with proper periodontal disease treatment in Pasadena for a healthy smile.
 
 
 

What is Periodontal Disease?

 
 
 
Periodontal disease originates in the gums, where infections form from harmful bacteria and other matter left behind from eating.  Early warning signs include chronic bad breath, tender or painful swollen gums, and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing.  In many cases, gum disease can go unnoticed for months until damage is severe.  Once gum disease sets in, the toxins produced by the bacteria damage the teeth’s connective tissue and bone, eventually destroying them and leading to tooth loss.
 
 
As gum disease progresses, the bone tends to recede.  In some cases, the root of your tooth can become exposed, causing tooth sensitivity.  Since bone recession is not visible to the naked eye, left untreated it, may contribute to tooth loss.  It is very important to visit your dentist for professional examinations and dental cleanings to effectively and properly identify gum disease in its earliest stages. 
 
 
Since most people have regular oral examinations, their dentist may be the first to diagnose a health problem in its early stages.  Visiting our periodontist in Pasadena helps in maintaining the health of your mouth and allows us to watch for unusual developments that may point to other health issues.  Visit our office in Pasadena for periodontal disease treatment today.


Pasadena, CA Periodontist
Pasadena Dental Implants
175 S. El Molino, Suite 4
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 796-1241

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