Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dental Hygiene Awareness Month: Protecting Overall Wellness with Dental Care

A beautiful, healthy smile is important for a number of reasons: It can make you look more youthful and attractive to others, boost your self-confidence, and keep your body healthy. Did that last reason surprise you? If so, you may not be aware that researchers have been finding links between poor oral care and a decline in overall wellness. As October is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, Dr. James M. Finley would like to highlight the connection between a healthy smile and a healthy body.

Why Would Gum Disease Affect the Health of Your Body?

Gum disease is the result of an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria is always present but is removed with daily brushing and flossing coupled with regular dental cleanings. When not cleared away, the bacteria infect the gum tissue. Patients often tell our periodontist that they get too busy during the day or too tired at night to brush and floss properly, which leads to periodontal infection and its first symptoms, inflammation and bleeding gums in Lafayette, LA.

 Systemic Conditions Linked to Gum Disease

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Diabetes (complications)
  • Respiratory infection
  • Memory loss and dementia

How Gum Disease Can Cause Systemic Illness

The bacteria that infect your periodontal tissue can enter your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body, affecting vital organs and tissues. This includes your brain and heart. Bacteria may also be breathed into the lungs, causing infection to the respiratory system. The chronic inflammation that accompanies gum disease can weaken your immune system over time, raising your susceptibility to additional illness.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Health

If you have bleeding gums in Lafayette, LA, schedule a visit to your periodontist. Treatments for gum disease are more comfortable and convenient than ever. Also, be sure to talk to your doctor about proper brushing and flossing techniques. Dr. Finley makes patient education a top priority. Call our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Finley today.

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