Beware of the Systemic Effects of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a condition that drastically alters the appearance and health of one’s teeth and gums. It can also lead to bleeding and receding gums and tooth loss. While many people who develop the disease will go on to receive treatment, others will not. Those who do not have their condition diagnosed and treated within a certain time frame are more likely to suffer from the systemic effects of periodontal disease.


How Periodontal Disease Affects the Body

When a person has gum disease, they have periodontal bacteria in their mouth. Periodontal bacteria is very harmful to your teeth and gums. Once it gets into your bloodstream, you are more likely to develop the following health conditions in the future:

·         Diabetes
·         Cardiovascular disease
·         Erectile dysfunction
·         Metabolic Disease
·         Chronic Kidney Disease
·         And more..

It is very important for anyone who suffers from gum disease or poor oral health to visit a periodontist for treatment. Once a person has gum disease, they will have it for the rest of their life. However, with proper periodontal maintenance the condition can be managed to minimize its effects on the teeth, gums and body.



Living With Gum Disease

Gum disease is perfectly manageable. As long as you see Dr. Steven Saunders regularly and follow all instructions, you will be able to improve the appearance and health of your teeth and gums, and minimize the effects the condition has on your overall health.

If you have missing teeth or your gums show signs of recession following gum disease treatment, Dr. Stevens can help you restore your smile. He offers gum recession and full mouth restoration treatment for patients who meet certain criteria.

Whether you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease or concerned about your teeth and health, get the peace of mind you need by contacting Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute at (540) 907-4049 to make an appointment with Dr. Saunders.


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