Have you ever wondered how oral health can affect other parts of the body? Sometimes we tend to overlook our oral health and place emphasis on other systems and organs in the body. In truth, the health of our mouths directly relates to other essential functions of the body and must be cared for equally. Periodontitis (otherwise known as gum disease) is a common oral sickness that affects many across Australia and even more globally. If not caught early, this condition serves as a threat to our overall health. We must do our best to prevent or manage it carefully over time.
Gum Disease and Overall Health
Sadly, some common and severe conditions associated with gum disease include:
- Higher risk for some cancers
- Increased risk of stroke
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Respiratory illness
- Low birth weight in newborns
Gum Disease Symptoms
The symptoms listed below can potentially indicate either early or severe gum disease. Our professional staff in Pascoe Vale, VIC, can take a closer look and evaluate any concerns you may have about your gums and oral health.
- Bleeding gums
- Pus in between teeth and gums
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Swollen gums
- Noticing blood when brushing or flossing teeth
Preventing Gum Disease
Despite the more significant implications of periodontitis, our staff at Lumino Smiles Dental can recommend a few tips and tricks to keep your gums out of trouble!
- Regular visits to our dental practice in Pascoe Vale, VIC
- Regular flossing and brushing (with fluoride toothpaste)
- Use of a therapeutic mouthwash
- Quitting smoking (if applicable to the patient)
Benefits of Healthy Gums
Having a healthy mouth is the first step to improved overall health, and the benefits show themselves in our everyday lives:
- Improved self-esteem
- Fully-functioning teeth while eating, smiling and laughing
- Lower-risk for detrimental health conditions
- Improved satisfaction with cosmetic dental appearance
Contact Your Pascoe Vale Dentist
We invite you to contact our practice for any questions or concerns about gum disease or periodontitis and look forward to playing a part in your overall health!