Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss; however, the damage doesn’t stop at the mouth. The link between gum health and overall health is well established. That’s why it’s so important to address periodontal disease symptoms, like swollen or bleeding gums, as soon as possible. If your gums are red, puffy, sore, or bleeding, you should make an immediate periodontal therapy appointment with Dr. Robison today. Robison Dental Group delivers quality care daily throughout Canton, MI, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth, and the surrounding communities.
Are You at Risk for Developing Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease stems from the accumulation of plaque and bacteria at the gum line. However, you may be at elevated risk for developing the condition because of:
- Tobacco use
- Hormonal changes (in women)
- Other illnesses and their treatments that affect gum health
- Taking certain medications that reduce saliva flow
- Genetic susceptibility (periodontal disease can run in families)
Periodontal Disease Affects More Than Just Dental Health
Researchers have discovered that patients with periodontal disease are actually more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are also more likely to deliver preterm or low birth weight babies. Others studies have found that the presence of periodontal disease actually raises the risk for developing dementia (Alzheimer’s disease) later in life.
Canton Periodontal Therapy Appointments
Untreated periodontal disease can cause significant damage beyond your teeth and gums. Although research has identified several links between periodontal disease and other health problems, it has yet to establish a clear cause and effect. Nevertheless, the list of associated health problems continues to grow. Don’t ignore your periodontal disease symptoms. Make an appointment with Dr. Robison today for the comprehensive periodontal therapy you need to protect your dental and overall health. Robison Dental Group proudly serves families daily throughout Canton, MI, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth, and the neighboring areas.