Dentistry is not expensive, Neglect is
Posted by DR. DANIEL NICKLES on Jul 17 2019, 08:14 AM
Be True to your teeth and they won't be false to you!
It is not just about a nice smile
While a nice smile plays a huge part in your confidence ,healthy gums and teeth are critical for your health. People put off proper dental care for many reasons, however a trip to the dentist can prevent serious and expensive issues down the road. Dental disease does occur like any other disease. After all teeth are also a part of your body. But preventive measures do decrease the incidence of it. Do not try to self medicate and aggravate the problem. Get regular dental check ups done and have a happy smile today and forever
Medical issues that gum disease can cause:
- Heart disease: The bacteria from inflammation of the gums and periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream. Once there, it can travel to the arteries in the heart and cause atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Atherosclerosis causes plaque to develop on the inner walls of arteries which thicken and this decreases or may block blood flow through the body. This can cause an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The inner lining of the heart can also become infected and inflamed—a condition known as endocarditis.
- Dementia:The bacteria from gingivitis may enter the brain through either nerve channels in the head or through the bloodstream. As a result, this might even lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Respiratory infections: The Journal of Periodontology warns that gum disease could cause you to get infections in your lungs, including pneumonia. (Breathing in air passing over infected gums and teeth over a period of time.)
- Diabetic complications: Inflammation of the gum tissue and periodontal disease can make it harder to control your blood sugar and make your diabetes symptoms worse. Diabetes sufferers are also more susceptible to periodontal disease, making proper dental care even more important for those with this disease.
If your current dentist or other healthcare provider doesn’t take the time to listen to your concerns, please call our office 864-244-3211 and Dr. Nickles will!