While gum disease and plaque are hard on your teeth and your oral health, many Americans aren’t aware of the damage they can cause to the rest of your body. Gum disease can lead to gum recession that creates pockets near the gums where bacteria and plaque can gather to eat away at the teeth. Harmful organisms can enter the bloodstream through the mouth and have a damaging effect on your overall physical health.

Plaque Eats at Your Gums and Affects Your Teeth

Plaque is a sticky film that collects on your teeth and gum tissue throughout the day. Food and drinks with starches or sugars can cause plaque to release acids that in turn eat at your tooth enamel and weaken the structure of your teeth and gums.

The buildup of plaque over time can lead to gum disease and receding gums. As gum recession is rarely noticed immediately, treatment is often more in-depth and severe.

Periodontal Disease and Your Body

In recent research, scientists have linked periodontal disease (gum disease) to several severe health problems, including:

  • Premature Birth
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

While experts haven’t nailed down exactly how periodontal disease links to these debilitating diseases, it is widely believed that oral bacteria get into the bloodstream and escape to the rest of the body, causing harm to major organs throughout the body.

Inflammation caused by periodontal disease may also lead to inflammation throughout the rest of your body. This makes inflammation an underlying problem in certain diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.

Symptoms to Watch For

Gum disease can be treated with treatments ranging from improved brushing habits to laser therapy. Watch for the following symptoms of gum disease in Montgomery, AL to catch them early.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, tender, swollen gums
  • Gums seem to pull away from teeth
  • Changes in the way the teeth seem to fit together
  • Loose or separated teeth
  • Chronic bad taste in your mouth or bad breath

If you suffer from several of these gum disease symptoms in Montgomery, AL, it may be time to call Dr. Yarbrough.

Contact Us

Dr. Yarbrough offers laser therapy that restores your gums quickly and efficiently. Call us today to schedule a consultation at 334-440-8538.