Gum Disease and Heart Attacks

Many people are under the false impression that if their teeth are white, then their whole mouth is healthy. This simply isn’t the case. As a matter of fact, your gums are actually a better indicator of your oral health than your teeth are. If your gums are swollen, red, beginning to recede, or bleed when you brush or floss, then you probably have gum disease.

Research has shown bacteria present in the mouth due to poor oral health causes an inflammatory response that is linked with the increased risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and much more; It is very important to monitor your well-being with regular oral health exams.

One common problem that can occur is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or gum infection. Periodontal disease develops when plaque and tartar accumulate underneath the gum line. When this buildup begins, it can be extremely hard to clean with a regular toothbrush and can lead to decay of your teeth as well as the bones that hold your teeth in place. Periodontal disease is actually the number one cause of tooth loss, because decay that occurs below your gum line happens near or even below the roots of your teeth.

Bleeding or sore gums are signs of gum disease, such as Gingivitis or Periodontitis. If left untreated, this can result in loss of teeth and other more serious systemic diseases.

ARESTIN®  placement in infected areas of mouth

Patients with gum disease or an active gum infection may require the assistance of local antibiotics to help remove the infection.

Arestin is a time released antibiotic made of microspheres (tiny particles) that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. These microspheres release the antibiotic over time, killing bacteria so your gums can heal better. This is recommended to prevent further tissue damage which could lead to gum surgery.

Oral Irrigation to flush the toxins out of the infected areas

This is used as a way to clean teeth and gums, by reaching 3–4 mm under the gum line. When applied under the gum, the directed stream of fluid will disrupt plaque and bacteria, and flush out any remaining tartar or bacteria.

Based on the American Dental Association recommendations, any patient that has dental implants or has had deep cleanings or gum surgery in the past, should have Periodontal Maintenance rather than regular teeth cleanings. Treatment continues at varying intervals far shorter than every 6 months and is determined by the clinical evaluation of the dentist.

Periodontal maintenance treatment includes removal of the bacterial plaque and calculus from above and below the gums, with site specific scaling and root planing, and polishing the teeth.

If new or recurring periodontal disease appears, additional diagnostic and treatment procedures should be considered.

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