It has already been established that gum disease is an inflammatory condition that can have an adverse impact on the body that goes well beyond the gums. When left unchecked, the bacteria that cause gum disease create deep pockets between the teeth and gums. When this happens, gums may bleed and the bacteria may enter the blood stream and travel to other parts of the body. According to a recent analysis of 200 women, 67 of whom had breast cancer, women with severe gum disease (periodontitis) had a three times greater risk of developing breast cancer. This study suggests that periodontitis can not only lead to tooth loss, but it may have even more potentially greater ill effects.
A very big threat to dental health as well as overall health is gum disease. And the best way to deal with gum disease is to prevent it, with daily brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist on a regular basis. At West Brookfield Dental, we are diligent in our approach to making sure periodontal disease doesn’t destroy your smile. It is our mission at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, to deliver the highest level of care, using the latest materials and always keeping our patients’ comfort and well-being in mind. You can reach us at 508.867.2777.
P.S. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease and dementia.