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The Importance of Treating Gum Disease

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gum diseaseHealthy gums are an important aspect of overall health. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, can have devastating effects on the mouth and the body. That’s because the bad oral bacteria that cause gum disease use the mouth as a gateway to the rest of the body. Numerous studies illustrate the detrimental impact of gum disease on internal systems.

In Virginia Beach VA, Dr. Gregory Schrumpf and Dr. Barry Herman at Schrumpf & Herman Family Dentistry promote preventive care to prevent the onset and progression of gum disease. They also offer targeted treatment to alleviate gum disease symptoms and renew periodontal health. Here, they discuss why it’s important to stop gum disease before it stops you.

Gum Disease and the Body
The evidence is in, and it clearly shows a link between oral and overall health. Medical research tells us that gum disease is linked to a variety of whole-body health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, lung problems, osteoporosis, diabetes complications, low-birth weight, premature birth, dementia, and more.

Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition. Initially, symptoms include red, puffy gums that may bleed easily. At this stage, gum disease is curable with a deep dental cleaning and a good regimen of brushing and flossing at home. As gum disease progresses, pockets of infection can form at the gumline. The bonds that hold teeth and gums together begin to erode. Loosening teeth, chronic bad breath, and worsening infection can occur. Ultimately gum tissue, teeth, and even bone may be lost. (Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.) At this stage, surgery may be required to remove diseased tissue and promote gum health, followed by tooth replacement with a prosthetic.

Customized Care for Overall Health
Dr. Schrumpf and Dr. Herman are concerned with your overall wellbeing and quality of life. They’re diligent about helping patients avoid gum disease risk, identify the warning signs of gum disease, and address the progression of the disease before significant damage occurs.

Call Schrumpf & Herman Family Dentistry today to schedule a gum disease evaluation.

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