In the wake of the pandemic this year, taking care of your overall health has never been more important, and that also includes your dental health. As the gateway to your body, your oral health plays a significant role in your overall well-being. This is primarily because science has shown a clear connection between gum disease and non-dental related concerns like diabetes and heart disease, to name a few.
Here's what you need to know.
Gum Disease Is an Infection
Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support your teeth. In some cases, the bacteria responsible for this infection enters your bloodstream and travels all over your body. When this happens, it can contribute to the inflammation-causing such concerns as:
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Complications during pregnancy
So What Does This Mean for You?
Learning about the impact of gum disease on your overall health can help you understand the best way to protect yourself, and that is with preventive dental appointments with your Vancouver dentist every six months. These routine teeth cleanings and checkups are the easiest way for you to protect both your dental health and, in turn, your overall health.
Your dentist screens you for early signs of gum disease and other concerns like oral cancer and tooth decay during your checkup. You have a better chance of treating all of these conditions in a less invasive manner earlier rather than later.
Your dental hygienist spends time at this appointment, cleaning your teeth and removing the excess plaque that you might've missed during your own brushing routine at home. This decreases your chances of developing gum disease.
Protect Your Health
If it's time for your next teeth cleaning and dental checkup in Vancouver, don't delay calling Alta Dental Studio. We are taking every precaution during the pandemic to keep our staff members and patients safe. Call us at (604) 876-5032 to learn more.