What are some complications of periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease has numerous complications for both your dental health and your overall systemic health. Periodontal disease can cause both tooth and bone loss when left untreated. Losing teeth and bone can lead to a chain reaction where you lose more teeth. When you lose bone structure, the very foundation of your dentistry is in danger.
Aside from the dental implications of periodontal disease, did you know that scientists linked serious systemic illnesses to having an infection in your gums? Heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and low-birth weight babies all have a connection with gum disease. In fact, if you leave your gum disease untreated, you have a 25% greater chance of dying due to stroke or sudden heart attacks. That number increases as your tooth loss increases.
Periodontal disease is common among pregnant women because of hormone changes. If you are pregnant, you should visit your dentist more frequently for your health and that of your baby.
Treating Periodontal Disease
In America, 75% of tooth loss is due to periodontal disease, which is completely preventable. In Dr. Jeffrey Robertson’s office, we can help you to get back on track with your dental health. No matter what kept you away, we look forward to the opportunity to restore your dental health and possibly save your life. Call our office today!