January 16th is National Without a Scalpel Day, and there is no better time than now to take control of your oral health by receiving minimally-invasive laser gum surgery in Wayne, NJ. If you suspect that you have gum disease (also known as periodontal disease), it is important to note that there are several causes for this condition. However, the most prevalent cause is simply an inadequate dental hygiene routine. If you don’t take good care of your mouth, it can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria, including the type that cause periodontal disease. The negative consequences of bad oral hygiene do not stop there, however. Here are the top three ways poor dental hygiene is making you sick, and what you can do about it:
Studies show that individuals with gum disease are nearly twice as likely as individuals without periodontitis to develop coronary artery disease. This may be because bacteria from the gums enters into the blood stream and becomes attached to the plaque lining the heart’s vessels.
The Journal of Periodontology states that periodontal disease could increase the risk of respiratory infections, including pneumonia and obstructive pulmonary disease. The link between periodontal disease and lung conditions is thought to be caused by bacteria from the mouth traveling into the lungs and causing inflammation.
Research shows that gum disease can negatively impact blood sugar, which could potentially make diabetes more difficult to control. Untreated periodontal disease could also potentially increase a person’s likelihood of developing diabetes.
In addition to these unpleasant illnesses and diseases, periodontal disease can also affect memory and fertility. Thankfully, there are treatment options available for the various stages of periodontal disease, including laser gum surgery in Wayne, NJ. If you would like to finally take control your oral and system health with minimally-invasive treatments, call Dr. Laurence Breiterman’s office at (973) 988-4491 and schedule your consultation today!