Why Is Gum Disease So Serious?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is serious for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious is that it can wreak havoc on your smile. In addition to resulting in red, swollen gums, patients may also experience sensitivity, bleeding, and chronic bad breath. What’s more, as conditions worse and gum tissue recedes, teeth become more vulnerable to decay and even tooth loss.
But as bad as all this is, gum disease won’t affect only your smile. It can also have an impact on your overall health. As reported by the Wall Street Journal in December of last year, new medical studies are showing that there’s a direct link between gum disease and serious problems like heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.
All of which means that it’s important for Philadelphia-area patients to make oral health a priority, which you can do through regular brushing and flossing at home. But just as important are regular visits with Dr. DiGiallorenzo at his Collegeville or Williamsport dental office.
Why are visits like these so important? Because they give Dr. DiGiallorenzo a chance to keep an eye on your smile. Very often, patients begin developing gum disease without even knowing it. But during a regular exam and cleaning, Dr. DiGiallorenzo can identify warning signs like red or swollen gums and suggest therapies that will help you treat them. For mild cases, you may just need to spend more time brushing, while more advanced cases will need more work.
Has It Been Awhile Since Your Last Visit?
If it has and you live in the Philadelphia area, call our Collegeville office at (610) 409-6064 or our Williamsport office at (570) 322-4741 to schedule an appointment. During an appointment, Dr. DiGiallorenzo can talk to you about your smile, answer all your questions, and recommend a therapy to help you.
We look forward to hearing from you!