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May 14

The Effects of Gum Disease on Your Overall Health

Knoxville Periodontal Therapy

Posted on May 14, 2014 — by Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S.

Knoxville Periodontal TherapyThere can be no doubt that the health of your gums is fundamental to the overall health of your mouth. What many people still do not realize, however, is that the health of the gums also has a profound effect on a person’s whole body health. At the acclaimed cosmetic dentistry practice of Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., D.D.S., in Knoxville, periodontal therapy of the highest caliber is available to patients who wish to achieve and maintain optimal gum health. The result is a strong foundation not only for good oral health but for good overall health.

As a patient of Dr. Zarger’s, you can expect that you will be treated as a whole person, not simply a set of teeth. You will benefit from exceptional dental care in a friendly atmosphere where you are our foremost priority. At every step, you will be provided with clear education so that you can make confident decisions regarding your treatment and understand the effects that your care will have on your oral and overall health. Ultimately, you will emerge from treatment with improved oral and whole body health while enjoying a general dentistry experience like no other.

How Periodontal Disease Affects the Body

The link between periodontal disease and other diseases throughout the body has long been suspected, but in recent years, has been definitively demonstrated in many cases. Scientists and researchers have conducted clinical studies that provide strong support for the link between unhealthy, infected gum tissues and serious, even fatal diseases that can occur elsewhere in the body. In fact, periodontal disease has one of the highest rates of comorbidity of any condition that affects human health.

People with gum disease, especially the more advanced form of the disease known as periodontitis, may face higher risks of all of the following conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Obstructive Pulmonary disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Preterm birth
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Blood cancers

The above list does not include oral health conditions that can result from untreated periodontal disease, including tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, root canal infections, and oral cancer. Unfortunately, too many people don’t realize just how serious gum disease truly is, living with the pain in their mouths rather than seeking help from a qualified dentist. Equally unfortunately, gum disease is the most prevalent disease in the United States, affecting roughly three-quarters of the adult population to one degree or another. Of these adults, tens of millions are not getting the dental treatment they need and are therefore at heightened risk of many other serious diseases.

The Good News

The good news is that periodontal disease, particularly in its earliest stages, can be treated. At our cosmetic and general dentistry practice, we offer a full range of periodontal therapies designed to restore health to the gums and mouthy. From root scaling and planing to periodontal surgery, we can help to alleviate the pain of unhealthy gums, eliminate infection from your mouth, and ensure good oral and overall health for years to come.

For further information about gum disease and its effect on your health, or to schedule your initial appointment with Dr. Zarger, please contact our general dental practice today.

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