According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans aged 30 or older have an advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Bleeding gums is usually the first sign of gum disease. Routine visits to the dentist can help you prevent and manage gum disease in any stage. Dr. Goris offers comprehensive periodontal care and screens patients for gum disease on every visit to his Greenwood dentist office. “It’s not enough anymore to just keep an eye on suspicious spots in the gums. Instead, aggressively controlling periodontal disease will become a top priority for preserving and improving our patients’ overall health and their enjoyment of life. To be exact, our patients will not be totally healthy unless they are periodontally healthy.Dr. Goris

Adult-Onset Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

Elevated bacterial and viral invaders, such as periodontitis, can result in an increase in a person’s resistance to insulin, which aggravates blood sugar control. If you have diabetes, further infection worsens insulin resistance and significantly diminishes the diabetic’s ability to keep their blood sugar regulated.

Gum disease and cardiovascular disease

Recent dental research has shown that men and women with periodontal disease are more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease than those who don’t. Researchers believe that bacteria originating from persistent oral infections can spread through the bloodstream and ramp up disease in the heart and other parts of the body.
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