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Gum Disease: Understanding the Causes & Treatment Options

Last updated 5 years ago

Oral hygiene is vital for your overall health—did you know that your teeth can affect your heart health? Watch this video for information on a common dental and whole-body health issue: gum disease.

Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adult dental patients. The development of gum disease is a gradual process that your dentist can usually identify at your routine dental exams. When food particles remain in between your teeth for extended periods of time, they form plaque and bacteria.

As gum disease progresses, it can lead to inflammation, bleeding, and damage to your jaw’s bone and tissue. These bacteria can then infiltrate the cardiovascular system, increasing a patient’s risk of heart disease, stroke, and coronary artery disease.

To have your teeth thoroughly cleaned and examined, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore for an appointment at (443) 275-9821.



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