Why Periodontal Disease Shouldn’t Be Taken Lightly
- Posted on: Jul 30 2018
There are a few things that it’s safe to say, most people know about their oral health; you should brush twice a day, you should floss more often than you probably do, you should avoid sugary foods, and you should visit the dentist once every six months. There are, however, some things that many patients aren’t as familiar with, like periodontal disease. Finding out you have periodontal disease might seem like something you can shrug off, but it’s actually something that should be taken very seriously. Let’s delve a little deeper into why.
It Could Cause Further Health Problems
When you think about your oral health, you probably assume that any oral problems stay in your mouth. However, if left untreated, there are some studies that point to the fact that periodontal disease can lead to further health complications like heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies, pre-term delivery, respiratory disease, and prostate cancer— which aren’t things that anyone should risk.
It Could Lead to Tooth Loss
In addition to contributing to other health complications, if left untreated, periodontal disease can also lead to extreme tooth decay and tooth loss; leaving you with no other choice than having to get oral appliances like dentures or implants.
It’s Easy to Treat
Another reason why periodontal disease shouldn’t be taken lightly? It’s easy to treat if it is caught early on. In early stages of periodontal disease, we can typically treat it by performing an intense tooth cleaning and getting rid of plaque and tartar along the gum line. Because it’s so easy to treat, let’s just say that there’s no real reason to not get it taken care of.