When most people think of gum disease, the first images that come to mind are fairly common: gums that bleed when you brush or floss, chronic bad breath, and even the loss of one or more teeth over time. Periodontal disease, however, can actually lead to a variety of other, seemingly unrelated issues that impact general health as well. At Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX, Dr. Ryan Thomas and his team work to help patients maintain optimal periodontal health with gum disease therapy – not only for the sake of their smiles, but for their overall wellbeing, too.
The Systemic Link: Healthy Mouth, Healthy You
Research has proven the existence of a close link between oral health and systemic (or full-body) health. Think of your mouth as a doorway to the rest of the complex systems that comprise your body. When bacteria that reside within the mouth spread via the bloodstream, the result may be severe if left unattended. Prompt treatment with periodontal therapy can help reduce the likelihood that a patient will suffer from the following complications:
- Coronary artery disease
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Difficulty in managing diabetes
- Pregnancy complications, including low birth weight babies
- Heart attack
- Pancreatic cancer
- Dementia in patients of advance age
Talk with Dr. Thomas if you have concerns about your oral health or that of anyone in your family. Some of the most common warning signs of gum disease include recurring halitosis (bad breath), redness and swelling of the gums, gum recession, and gums that bleed when you brush and/or floss. We’ll always listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have, offering our skills, expertise, and genuine care at your every visit.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you or anyone in your family has noticed the symptoms of gum disease, the time to seek treatment for the condition is now. Early intervention with periodontal therapy can help drastically reduce your risk of developing secondary complications that may become detrimental to your overall health. Dr. Thomas and his caring, compassionate staff want to become your partners in your journey toward improved oral health and wellness. Contact our office in Highland Village, TX today to schedule your consultation. Our family-friendly dental practice happily welcomes patients from throughout the north Dallas/Fort Worth area, including Plano, Argyle, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Frisco, The Colony, Lantana, and more.