How Periodontal Care Affects Overall Health

Health-300x200Visiting the dentist and knowing how periodontal health affects overall health is key to maintaining a healthy body. If you reside in the Arlington, Texas area and require dental care, you may want to visit top Arlington dentist Ted French, DDS. Dr. French can provide you with tips on how to maintain good dental hygiene and periodontal care, whether you have perfect teeth or are suffering from gum disease.

Dental health is sadly one of the most overlooked aspects of an individual’s health. However, it is also very misunderstood, and one’s overall health can be affected by the level of care or lack of periodontal care.

Generally speaking, periodontal disease has been linked to various infections in the body.

  • When a person is suffering an infection, the liver creates a protein called C-reactive or CRP, which can lead to very serious problems such as heart disease.
  • Gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis that are not effectively treated can also be linked to health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and premature birth.
  • There have been studies showing that there is a direct link to periodontal health and certain types of cancer, particularly pancreatic cancer.
  • Research has shown a bi-directional link between oral health and systemic health. In other words, the health of one’s gums can have a direct correlation to systemic diseases such as heart disease.

Any patient who visits Dr. French can expect to receive top quality dental care. If an individual is found to have gingivitis or periodontitis, he or she will get the appropriate treatment to prevent or stop or bone loss and to eliminate the buildup of bacteria under the gum line. Dr. French can perform root planing and will likely prescribe an antibacterial mouthwash as a form of treatment. Surgery can also replace bone that is lost as a result of advanced periodontitis.

For more information on periodontal health or to schedule an appointment with Ted French, DDS, please call (817) 461-2843.

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