That's right, if your gums are bleeding and you have persistent bad breath, you may have periodontal disease. Don't ignore it!
Routine dental visits every four to six months can help keep your gums in check. This will help reduce the severity of gum disease, save your health, save time and save you money. Gum disease or periodontal disease is an infection that can lead to tooth loss and can even compromise your overall health. The bacteria can spread to other parts of your body and cause problems you may not even be aware of!
There was an analysis of insurance claims over a 4 year period that showed significant reductions in both medical and dental costs for those patients who routinely saw their dentist. This reflected the care received by those patients to reduce the impact of periodontal disease.
Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, DMD of the University of Pennsylvania stated in her report, " These cost based results provide new and potentially valuable evidence that simple, non-invasive periodontal therapy can improve health outcomes in pregnancy and other systemic conditions."
The result of the study showed those who went to their dentist regularly, and had treatment for periodontal or gum disease, were less likely to be admitted to the hospital for complications from the following:
- type 2 diabetes
- cerebral vascular disease
- coronary artery disease
- pre-term birth
The report showed that those patients who received periodontal treatment had fewer claims associated with systemic conditions.
The end result? You need to make those 4 or 6 month visits with your dental hygienist! Our dental hygienists will help you recognize any periodontal issues you may have and help you resolve them. All you need to do is call and make that appointment! Call us today!