April 7th is International Health Day every year. Most people focus on the major diseases that are leading causes of death both nationally and internationally during this time. That includes diseases like
If you’re looking to minimize your health risks and prevent major illnesses, working on your oral health with gum disease prevention measures will also help decrease your odds of experiencing many other serious health issues. For those with health complications like diabetes already, focusing on oral hygiene helps prevent serious complications and secondary conditions.
There’s a known correlation between the development of gum problems and diabetes. That’s why patients who are managing either Type I or Type II diabetes should consult with a periodontist on a regular basis. Monitoring your gums for signs of disease and using periodontal cleaning methods to roll back any damage that shows up between visits can help keep serious issues like spreading secondary infections from developing. Working with a professional who focuses on gum problems is especially important if you have any other conditions that affect your oral health, too.
Since gingivitis and periodontal disease are both caused by an infection, both can spread to other parts of the body and establish secondary infections. In some cases, this can lead to serious cardiac complications, because the heart tissue can become a site for the infection to travel to and establish itself in. Caring for early symptoms of gum problems minimizes this risk and protects your heart health.
If you are interested in using this year’s International Health Day to prevent a plethora of problems while improving your oral health, contact the office of periodontist J. Robert Friedberg, D.M.D. today to make an appointment. Turning back the clock on gum disease symptoms does more than just improve your smile, it improves your entire health outlook.