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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common yet serious condition that affects a significant portion of adults. While many associate it with dental health alone, its impact extends far beyond the mouth. At Capstone Dentistry in Shawnee, we emphasize the importance of understanding and treating gum disease not just as a dental issue, but as a matter of whole body health. Here, we explore the significant risks that untreated gum disease poses to overall health and how our approach aims to safeguard your wellness comprehensively.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Systemic Health

Gum disease begins when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, builds up on teeth and gums. If not removed, it can lead to inflamed and bleeding gums, a condition known as gingivitis. Without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease that can damage the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth, leading to tooth loss. However, the risks of untreated gum disease go beyond dental issues:

  1. Heart Disease: Research has shown a link between periodontal disease and heart disease. The inflammation caused by gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease and exacerbate existing heart conditions. Bacteria from the gums can enter the bloodstream, potentially leading to arterial plaque buildup and arterial narrowing.
  2. Diabetes: Gum disease and diabetes have a bidirectional relationship. People with diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal disease, and severe gum disease can increase blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar level. This can put people with diabetes at risk for diabetic complications.
  3. Respiratory Diseases: Bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs, leading to respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, especially in people with weakened immune systems.
  4. Pregnancy Complications: Pregnant women with gum disease are at a higher risk for preterm birth and low birth weight babies. The inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease can interfere with fetal development.

Preventing and Treating Gum Disease for Whole Body Health

At Capstone Dentistry in Shawnee, our approach to gum disease is rooted in prevention and comprehensive treatment. Our goal is not only to treat the disease and its symptoms but also to educate our patients on the importance of oral health as an integral part of overall wellness. Here are some key strategies we employ:

  • Regular Dental Checkups: Regular visits to Capstone Dentistry allow us to monitor your gum health, remove plaque and tartar buildup, and provide guidance on improving your oral hygiene routine.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans: For those with gum disease, we create personalized treatment plans that may include deep cleaning procedures like scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and, if necessary, surgical interventions.
  • Lifestyle Recommendations: We provide recommendations on diet, smoking cessation, and managing conditions like diabetes, all of which play a critical role in the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
  • Education and Awareness: Educating our patients about the systemic effects of gum disease is a cornerstone of our practice. Understanding these connections can motivate patients to take their oral health seriously.

Capstone Dentistry: Your Partner in Whole Body Health

Untreated gum disease poses a silent threat not just to your oral health but to your overall wellbeing. At Capstone Dentistry in Shawnee, we are committed to helping you understand this risk and providing the necessary care to prevent and treat gum disease effectively. By prioritizing your gum health, you’re taking a crucial step towards protecting your whole body health, ensuring a healthier future for yourself.

Remember, your oral health is a window to your overall health. Let Capstone Dentistry be your partner in maintaining both, ensuring you lead a healthy, happy life. If you’re concerned about gum disease or its potential impact on your health, we invite you to reach out to us. Together, we can develop a plan that not only addresses your dental concerns but also supports your total health and wellness.

Posted on behalf of Capstone Dentistry

17214 Midland Dr
Shawnee, KS 66217

Phone: (913) 396-4800

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