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How periodontal disease affects oral health


Periodontal health is important to maintain the health and wellness of the body. Studies have been showing for years now that there is an oral systemic connection. The oral systemic connection is the link between the health of the smile and the health of the body. Dr. Terry Vines encourages his patients to take good care of their teeth in order to maintain the health of their body.

Periodontal disease can lead to a higher likelihood of medical problems such as strokes, diabetes, and heart disease. Dr. Terry Vines can describe to patients how the bacteria in the mouth can carry through the bloodstream and into the other organs of the body, resulting in infection and inflammation. This is why it is so important for patients to maintain their periodontal health and take care of their smile with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

Dr. Terry Vines and the team of Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry provide patients with periodontal treatment as necessary. If infection occurs, it starts out as gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily detected by bleeding during brushing and flossing and red, swollen gum tissue. At this point, the condition is easy to reverse and control. Patients can have a professional cleaning of all the surfaces of their teeth and gums to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and then speak to their dentist about proper home care to keep the smile healthy.

As the condition progresses, it can become serious and involve the loss of gum tissue, teeth, and bone. Patients who have later stages of periodontal disease may experience pain and discomfort as well as infection that carries through the body. Dr. Terry Vines performs scaling and root planing for these patients to address the problem. However, once periodontal disease has developed to this point, it cannot be cured, only controlled. Patients are encouraged to work closely with their dentist to develop a treatment plan that works best for them, and this may include frequent visits to the dentist to monitor the condition.

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