Similar to how you wouldn’t know exactly what you were looking at under the hood of a car unless you are a mechanic, chances are that you aren’t exactly an expert on the inner workings of your mouth and oral health— especially when it comes to periodontal disease. As a disease that affects, nearly 65 million Americans, however, periodontal disease is something that doesn’t hurt to know about.
It’s Connected to Other Diseases
According to Perio.org, studies indicate that periodontal disease is linked to a variety of diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and even rheumatoid arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions, make sure that you are getting regular dental cleanings and examinations.
Smoking Puts You At Risk
If you’re looking for yet another reason to give up your nicotine addiction, here it is. Smoking not only puts you at risk for developing lung cancer and oral cancer, but it also puts you at a greater risk of developing periodontitis. By slowing down your body’s ability to heal itself, cigarette smoke can lead to a variety of different oral conditions.
It Can Leave You Toothless
The good news is that most patients catch their periodontal disease in the early stages when it’s extremely manageable and easy to treat. If, however, you can’t remember the last time you got your teeth cleaned and your periodontal disease has advanced to periodontitis, it puts you at a greater risk of suffering from bone and even tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is a very common oral condition that primarily affects adults over the age of 30. Luckily, by getting regular cleanings and examinations, and with the proper treatment, Dr. Steven Holbrook will help prevent it from getting worse. Schedule your next appointment with our Albuquerque office today!