We have said it before, but it bears repeating: unhealthy gums can affect the rest of your body. It’s part of what we call the oral-systemic connection, and periodontal disease is a critical factor in this connection. More and more studies are showing the dramatic effects gum disease can have on the body including:
- Immune system issues
- Respiratory diseases
- Systemic inflammation
- Difficult-to-control diabetes
- Low birthweight babies or early labor
- Increased risk for dementia
- Increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular issues
- Difficulty in joint replacements
And more is being discovered all the time! That’s why the team at My Rivertown Dentist takes regular hygiene and exams so seriously.
We want to make sure the harmful effects of gum disease never put you and your family at risk. If we do find signs of gum disease, which is often present in its early stages with no symptoms at all, or you experience gingival bleeding, puffiness, or tenderness, we will set up a periodontal-therapy plan for you right away. This plan may include:
- More frequent deep cleanings with our ultrasonic scaler
- Laser-assisted periodontal treatments
- The use of Arrestin, a topical antibiotic that is placed in the infected gum pockets and remains in place while it heals
We are here to keep your smile – and your body–as healthy as possible for life.