July 27, 2017
Gum disease is a serious problem that affects more than half of adults in the United States. While many often believe that the only complications involve bleeding and swollen gums, the effects can be quite devastating. In addition to wreaking havoc on your dental health, it can also lead to very serious overall health complications if it is not treated. To protect your smile and well-being, Dr. James Olsen offers treatment for gum disease in Ann Arbor.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that develops in the gum tissue. The bacteria that is found in plaque and tartar accumulations attacks the tissue, leading to the destruction of the teeth and supporting structures. While it is easily preventable and treatable in the early stages, the signs of it often go undetected, allowing it to progress in severity. Eventually, it can lead to the loss of your teeth. However, your teeth and gums are not the only areas that are impacted. The infection can enter the bloodstream, leading to serious health complications.
How Does Gum Disease Hurt My Health?
When the infection is not quickly treated, it will enter the bloodstream, allowing the bacteria to circulate throughout the body. As this occurs, several health complications can develop, including:
Cardiovascular Disease: It is estimated that those with the infection are twice as likely to develop heart disease when compared to those who have healthy gums. This occurs as the bacteria attaches to fatty plaques in the circulatory system. This causes clots and blocks your blood flow, placing added strain on the heart. This increases your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Respiratory Infections: The oral bacteria can also enter the lungs, leading to chronic respiratory infections. It is not uncommon to develop pneumonia and difficulty breathing as the infection progresses.
Diabetes: Those with diabetes can have a more difficult time managing their symptoms while also having a harder time treating the oral infection.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Recent research suggests that gum disease can also lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease when the bacteria reaches the brain.
Premature Births: The infection appears to be linked to causing pregnancy complications as well, such as premature birth and low birth weights. However, more research is still needed in the area to find a conclusive link.
Where Can I Get Treatment for Gum Disease?
Dr. Olsen provides complete periodontal therapy in Ann Arbor. At the first sign of the infection, he will create a proactive treatment plan to rid the bacteria while restoring your oral health. In addition, he offers maintenance of the condition to help prevent future damage. If your teeth and gums have already been compromised due to the infection, he offers the treatments you need to rehabilitate your dental health and resolve any structural or cosmetic issues that have developed.
If you have gum disease, do not delay treatment. Contact our office immediately to schedule your consultation. Dr. Olsen will restore your oral health to protect your smile and quality of life.
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