Gum Disease and Prevention

According to WebMD, there is plenty of evidence that links periodontal and gum disease to heart disease, though the connection isn’t proven yet. According to Harvard Health Publishing, people with gum disease have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular event. Scientists have studied the bacteria that causes gum disease and have found that it can spread in the blood stream to the heart and aorta, the largest artery in the body. So, it’s important to adopt good oral health habits and keep an eye on any changes you might see with your teeth and gums. Healthy gums are firm and light pink. Keep an eye out for these symptoms of gum disease:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding after you floss or brush
  • Receding gum or noticing that you seem to see more tooth than you are used to
  • Pus on the gums
  • Pain when you bite or chew
  • Loose teeth

(this list was compiled from information found on https://www.webmd.com)

Like many other health issues, some people are just more genetically dispositioned to get periodontal and gum disease and they should be especially vigilant when it comes to the health of their teeth. Periodontal and gum disease are completely preventable conditions. Scheduling regular dental checkups can help a person avoid these types of conditions, especially when it is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. The doctors at Foothill Dental Care in Livermore, we aim to prevent diseases from even starting by educating our patients on the importance of positive oral hygiene and how to maintain it. We specialize in dental cleaning procedures and frequently perform a variety of them daily, so you can rest assured that yours will be performed by a skilled and experienced medical professional. If you haven’t been to our office in a while, it may be time for a teeth cleaning, call Foothill Dental Care in Livermore at (925) 961-5484 to schedule an appointment.