Frisco dental practice, Legacy Ranch Dental, defines periodontal disease
So what's periodontal disease? Periodontitis, gum disease or periodontal disease occurs when inflammation or infection of the gums progresses. During the first stage, dentists call it gingivitis, but as it gets worse it becomes periodontal disease. As peridontitis progresses, your jaw bone has difficulty supporting your teeth and they eventually fall out. Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne explains it's actually the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. The inflammation stems from the plaque and tartar build up which in turn creates pockets that traps t he bacteria around your teeth.
Frisco dentist explains the link between periodontal disease and heart disease
These days there's a lot of research indicating the link between gum disease and heart disease. In fact, the dental health connection goes beyond heart disease. Think diabetes, osteoporosis, increased risk of strokes and cancer. According to Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne, periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease. At Legacy Ranch Dental, we believe the inflammation cause by gum disease is responsible for this increased risk. People with poor dental health have more heart attacks.
According to the Journal of Periodontology and the American Journal of Cardiology, gum disease is by itself a risk factor for coronary artery disease. A study of over 50,000 people states that those with fewer teeth and more gum disease had a higher risk of stroke. The bacteria found in periodontal disease is the same one that's found in blood vessels that are going through atherosclerosis, which is a disease where plaque builds up inside the arteries.
Dentist Dr. Jeffrey Osborne gives you tips for better dental health
Brushing your teeth, flossing and using an anti-bacterial mouth rinse twice a day is a great start. But there's always more you can do to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease. Here's a list of tips for better dental health from Legacy Ranch Dental
- Don't skip dental appointments
- Don't smoke
- Don't use teeth as your tool to open jars
- Don't use the same toothbrush for the entire year, replace every 4 months
- Limit sugar intake
- Don't forget to brush the inner surface of your teeth
- Floss correctly, up and down your teeth, but also around the base
If you live in the Frisco, Texas area, visit Legacy Dental Ranch for dental x-rays and cleaning. Dentist Dr. Jeffrey Osborne will examine your gums and make sure there's no plaque hiding in your gumline.