Bone density and your gums, what’s the connection? Periodontal disease is increasingly being linked to a number of diseases and gum disease is one of the systemic links getting more and more attention. If you are not paying enough attention to your gum health you could be putting your health in a variety of areas at increased risk and bone health is one of those areas. Your Madison, TN dentist can help. Madison Family Dental offers gum health assessments as well as gum disease treatment. Dr. Raj would be pleased to help you with this and any other oral health issues.
Those who are given a gum disease diagnosis should get a bone density test. The reverse is also true. If you get bad news after a bone assessment you should also consider having your gums assessed as the existence of gum disease very often points to bone density loss as well. Like Diabetes and Gum Disease are linked so are osteoporosis and periodontal / gum disease. Untreated, all of these issues could put your health at great risk.
Gum disease does more than put you at risk for tooth loss. In addition to impacting the density of your bones, it can also cause pre-term labor for pregnant women and can increase your risk of respiratory infection, ulcers, and even some cancers. Those with untreated gum disease also put themselves at increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
When gum disease is treated early it is often reversible. When it has progressed, treatment to prevent tooth loss and systemic diseases is extremely important. At Madison Family Dental we offer gum assessments at every check-up. If something has changed with your health, such as a diagnosis of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes be sure to tell our family dentists about this change so that we can keep these things in mind when helping you with your oral health. We get excellent reviews as cosmetic and family dentists who offer caring and gentle dentistry.