Regular check-ups and cleanings from your Holland dentist can keep your teeth and gums healthy. But you may be surprised to learn that this basic care may also save your life.
Dentists have long suspected a link between periodontal disease and serious health issues. They have recently been proven correct.
Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Periodontology report that periodontal disease can also lead to an increased risk for:
- Heart Disease
- Certain Cancers (including pancreatic cancer)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Difficulty controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes
- Premature Birth
- Low Birth-Weight Babies
- and more
Unfortunately, you can have periodontal disease and not even know it. Although symptoms include swollen gums, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, loose teeth, receding gum line and halitosis, sometimes there aren’t any symptoms at all.
With more than 85 percent of people in the United States having some level of periodontal disease, chances are you may have it too.
If you haven’t been to your Holland dentist in the past six months, schedule your visit now. Periodontal disease is treatable, and in many cases, when caught early, it’s reversible. With modern dental technology and advanced periodontal therapy, including dental lasers, ultrasonic scalers and antibiotics, treatment is more gentle, comfortable and effective than ever before.
It’s easy to keep your gums healthy; simply visit my Holland dental practice for your regular check-ups and cleanings. Brush and floss daily at home and use an oral irrigator. This care will not only protect your smile, it will protect your health as well.