Did you know that every time you brush and floss your teeth at home or schedule one of your biannual dental checkups with Dr. Anna Willison in Dallas, TX, you are taking an important step toward protecting your overall health, too? Dentists, doctors and researchers all agree that there is a link between the health of your teeth and gums and the condition of your body. Although researchers have yet to confirm a cause-and-effect relationship between the two, there is no question that there is in fact a strong connection.
Of course, this information may not come as a surprise to anyone. After all, your mouth is the main gateway for almost everything you put in your body, from the food you eat and the beverages you drink to the medications you take for health and wellbeing to the harmful elements that can come from smoking or drinking. And in the same way these enter your digestive, circulatory or respiratory systems, likewise the bacteria in your mouth can enter, as well.
Now, while your mouth hosts many good bacteria that aid in digestion, there are also millions of bacteria that are destructive. Specifically, these are the bacteria that cause periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. How do these bacteria migrate to other parts of your body? One of the telltale signs of gum disease is bleeding gum tissue. For example, you may notice that your gums bleed when your brush your teeth. When this happens, bacteria can easily enter your bloodstream. Likewise, bacteria can be aspirated into your airways and lungs.
Once in your system, these harmful bacteria may lead to disease, illness and damage to bodily organs. Some of the conditions associated with the bacteria that cause gum disease include stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease and heart attack, diabetes and even pancreatic cancer.
For Dental Rehabilitation, Dallas Turns to Dr. Willison
If we find evidence of gum disease during one of your regular dental checkups, then Dr. Willison offers periodontal treatment to stop the advance of this infection and the possible spread of bacteria. With root planing and scaling, we’ll remove the plaque and tartar that trap bacteria above and below the gum line, and we’ll smooth the roots of your teeth, so they’ll be less likely to harbor spaces where this disease-causing film can accumulate. If necessary, we apply a topical antibiotic to treat the infection. We also utilize prescription and/or over the counter products, such as rinses, pastes, ointments, etc. to help control bacteria, repair damaged gum tissues, and strengthen the enamel of teeth.
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If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease—swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, loose or shifting teeth—then contact the restorative dentist Dallas depends on, Dr. Anna Willison in North Dallas, TX.
Our conveniently located dental practice welcomes patients from all around the DFW Metroplex including Plano, Richardson, Lake Highlands, Highland Park, University Park, Mesquite, Garland, and East Dallas.