Gum disease doesn’t just affect your oral health. Caused by the bacteria buildup of plaque, untreated gum disease can cause excessive inflammation that can begin the affect the bloodstream, as well. Over a long period of time, bacteria from the mouth can seep into the bloodstream causing inflammation and other damage throughout the body. Periodontal disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. More recently, it’s even been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice regular oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing once, and keeping up with your professional cleanings. The American Dental Association suggests visiting the dentist twice a year to reduce the buildup of tartar, and the address oral health complications before they advance.
If it’s been awhile since your last appointment, consider scheduling one to keep up to date with your oral health.
If you are looking for a dentist in midtown Manhattan to help you maintain your oral health, please call (212) 557-8668 today for an appointment with Dr. Karthilde Appolon at Appolon Dental Group in Columbus Circle.