Periodontal Health and Overall Wellness

Good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing do more than just protect your teeth. These habits also reduce the chances of developing gum disease and a number of other health issues like heart disease. That’s because the gums and jaw bones, which make up the periodontal system, are closely connected to other major parts of the body. Ignoring proper care of your mouth, gums, jaw, and teeth can lead to risks in your overall health down the road. Learn more about the connection between whole body wellness and good periodontal health, then follow up with a conversation with your dentist in Columbus.

The Blood Connection

There are many proven links between high levels of bacteria in the mouth and issues like glaucoma, diabetes, heart disease, and migraines. Some research has shown that it's possible for bacteria to travel between the gums and the heart or brain with ease because of the major blood supply running through the teeth and gums. As gum disease progresses, pockets open up around the tooth roots that let bacteria spread throughout your body. Keeping gum disease in check and seeing your dentist regularly for gum health checkups are key to reducing your risk factors for many of these serious diseases, or worse conditions such as oral cancer. Always remember ask your dentist about an oral cancer screening, it very well could save your life.

Inhaling Through the Mouth

Bacteria can enter your body in ways other than through your bloodstream. For instance, every time you inhale a small amount of saliva is aspirated into your respiratory system. Some research suggests it's possible that bacteria can travel this way into the lungs, increase your risk for pneumonia and other respiratory infections. Maintaining good oral health and minimizing your chances for gum disease could further protect your lungs and overall health for years to come.  

Making a Good First Impression

The impact of periodontal health goes beyond physical considerations. Developing gum disease and related issues can lead to discolored teeth or even tooth loss. Cosmetic dental issues like these can make you feel self-conscious and may even affect your personal and professional opportunities. Prevention is key; addressing the warning signs of gum disease early will give you the best chance at retaining your natural beautiful smile for life. And if tooth loss is already something you’ve experienced, restoration treatments such as dental implants not only restore a beautiful smile, but promotes good periodontal and jaw health by maintaining bone density while also preventing gum tissue loss and tooth shifting.

The Long-Term Effects to Overall Health

Periodontal disease, while preventable, can cause pain, swelling, inflammation, and general discomfort with tasks such as eating, drinking, and talking. Left untreated, the long-term pain and loss of tooth function associated with the disease can lead to migraines, hormone imbalances, cardiovascular issues, increased blood sugar levels, and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.  

The Pinhole® Surgical Technique

Thankfully, periodontal disease and other gum-related conditions are not just preventable with good oral hygiene, there are ever-improving treatments available to address ongoing gum-related conditions. The Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally-invasive procedure in which your dentist creates a small hole in your gum using specialized instruments, and then adding collagen material to those holes to help stabilize the area of gum recession. This breakthrough technique is simple, suture-free, and offers nearly immediate cosmetic results. If you have been diagnosed with receding gums, or are experiencing dental pain or loss of function, seeking a quick solution is essential to minimizing long-term damage. The Pinhole® Surgical Technique is an increasingly-popular choice, and Dr. Robert Heller and Dr. John Shin from Oral Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry take pride in providing the service to patients across Columbus and the greater central Ohio area.

If you've been referred to a periodontist in Columbus, make your appointment with Oral Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry. Our team is dedicated to seeing you through any kind of dental health challenge you might face. Whether you're in immediate pain or just want to keep your smile looking great, we have many treatment options to help you reach your goals.

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