Gum Disease Is Connected with Arthritis All Over Your Body
Posted on 6/8/2020 by Arletta, Office Manager
You may not believe that periodontal disease can also affect your immune health, but it eventually will impact your overall well-being. If you have a periodontal infection, the inflammation can also affect your bones and joints, thereby leading to a problem with arthritis. To enjoy better joint health, it also pays to take care of your gums and teeth.
What Is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that can be reversed with the proper periodontal care. Usually, this care involves a deep cleaning, such as root scaling and planing. We clean the teeth to the bottom of the gingival pocket, removing hardened tartar and plaque. In turn, we help you follow a regular routine of at-home dental care to keep the condition in check and to improve your overall periodontal health. Symptoms of periodontitis include bleeding gums, bad breath, swelling, and pus. By performing a comprehensive periodontal exam (CBE), we can determine a treatment plan. Each treatment plan must be tailored to the specific needs of the patient.
How Periodontal Disease Can Lead to Arthritis Pain and Discomfort
The infection that results from periodontal disease can lead to arthritis, as the infection can weaken the immune system and cause inflammation throughout the body. When this happens, patients can suffer from arthritis, not just in isolated spots, but throughout the body. That is why it is imperative you address any periodontal issues first. A periodontal infection can be serious, if not resolved, as it can trigger other health problems, especially arthritis. Therefore, periodontal care cannot be taken lightly.
Do you have problems with bleeding gums and swelling? If so, you need to contact our periodontal staff about scheduling a periodontal appointment now. Don't wait to get treated for gum disease, as the problem will not go away without intervention. Give us a call now to schedule an exam and consultation.