Keeping your gums in great condition goes far beyond maintaining fresh breath – it can actually help you maintain your overall health and vitality. This is because gum disease has been linked with a number of other health conditions that can have devastating effects on the entire body.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is preventable and even reversible in its earliest stage, and the best way to ensure the health of your gums is to obtain regular dental checkups in Melbourne from Dr. Halim Prayogo.
Gum Disease Explained
Gum disease begins with gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the periodontal tissues caused by bacteria-ridden plaque that is not adequately removed from the gumline. Good oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings can help reverse gingivitis, but the more advanced stages of periodontal disease are chronic and must be managed by your dentist in Melbourne.
Inadequate oral hygiene and skipped dental cleanings will cause that once-manageable plaque along your gumline to turn into tartar, a hard substance that destroys the healthy connection between your teeth and gums. Periodontal pockets are created when the gums are pushed away from the teeth by tartar, and these spaces collect oral bacteria and food debris that can eventually destroy the gums, connective tissues and bone that hold the teeth in place.
The Link Between Gum Disease and Other Diseases
Those with heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and respiratory illness have been shown to have higher instances of gum disease. While the exact link between periodontal disease and these conditions has not been clearly identified, two theories exist. One theory is that the inflammatory nature of gum disease can trigger other inflammatory conditions in the body or vice versa. This could explain why those with inflammatory conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes are also more likely to suffer from periodontal disease.
The other theory is that oral bacteria enter the bloodstream through inflamed and broken gum tissues and affect other organs. This can explain why researchers have found the oral bacteria responsible for periodontal disease in the brains of dementia patients, in the arterial plaque of those with heart disease and in the lungs of those who suffer from respiratory illness.
Dental Checkups in Melbourne
Periodontal disease and its devastating overall health effects are entirely preventable with regular dental checkups in Melbourne with Dr. Asadurian.
“Everybody Deserves To Smile”
At Simply Smiles Dental, we believe that dentistry is not a luxury, and that everybody deserves to smile. Thats why we keep our prices fair and offer solutions to suit every budget.
We make this investment in you because we’re pretty confident that you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you meet us. Our level of work and patient care ethic is first class.
Contact our Toorak dental office on (03) 9826 2220 or book online.
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(We are located in the Toorak Village, in the heart of Toorak and serve patients from Toorak, South Yarra, Prahran, Windsor, Southbank, South Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Malvern, Albert Park, Melbourne CBD, and from all Melbourne metro areas.)