When you think of the condition commonly known as gum disease, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps you envision a smile marred by red, swollen gums or even missing teeth. While these complications are certainly among the serious effects associated with periodontal disease, some of the condition’s lesser known consequences may actually prove even more severe. At Mark Fried, DMD in Framingham, MA, Dr. Fried and his team offer a comprehensive range of general dentistry services, including periodontal therapy. Today, we’d like to discuss the systemic health conditions associated with gum disease and how you can reduce your risk.
The Mouth-Body Connection
Numerous research studies have proven the existence of an important link between gum disease and other health concerns that arise in other areas of the body. Bacteria that thrive within infected gingival tissue can enter the bloodstream and travel to other tissues, wreaking silent havoc on the arteries, blood vessels, and even vital organs. In fact, untreated gum disease has been shown to contribute to the following health conditions in patients of various ages:
- Coronary artery disease
- Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)
- Premature birth and low-birth weight babies
- Respiratory infections
- Heart disease
- Cancer of the pancreas and/or blood
- Rheumatoid arthritis
If you suspect that you or someone in your family may be suffering from gum disease, the time to act is now. While periodontal disease cannot be entirely cured, Dr. Fried can halt the spread of infection, thereby helping you maintain total body wellness as well as improved oral health.
Preserve Your Smile & Your Health
With the extensive selection of general dentistry solutions offered at our Framingham, MA dental office, you can effectively reduce your risk of developing gum disease and other destructive oral health conditions. If your gums have already begun to show the signs of possible infection, Dr. Fried may recommend periodontal therapy. This proven method of eradicating infection within the gums may even help protect you from the systemic health conditions we’ve discussed today.
Conta us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Fried and our highly-trained, compassionate team of dental professionals. We genuinely look forward to providing you and your family with the treatment and knowledge you need to maintain optimal oral health for life. Our family-friendly dental practice in Framingham, MA is privileged to serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Ashland, Natick, Southborough, Holliston, Sudbury, Hopkinton, and beyond.