Your Health For Tag "periodontal disease"

  • How to Prevent Gum Disease and Maintain a Healthy Smile
    Feb. 8, 2023

    How to Prevent Gum Disease and Maintain a Healthy Smile

    General oral health

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis, or gum disease. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, affect overall health and be aggravated by poor oral health habits, smoking, medication and an unhealthy diet.1 In honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month, take a moment to learn how periodontal (gum) disease can affect your health and how to prevent it.

  • The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease
    Jan. 30, 2023

    The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

    General oral health

    Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and studies show a relationship between heart disease and gum disease. Learn how how a healthy smile can lead to a healthy heart. Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. In its early stage, it’s called gingivitis and can cause inflamed, red gums that bleed.

  • Gingivitis signs and symptoms
    May 4, 2022

    Gingivitis signs and symptoms

    General oral health

    Gingivitis should be treated seriously since it can lead to more severe forms of gum disease like periodontitis and potentially result in tooth loss.

  • What is gingivitis?
    Mar. 31, 2022

    What is gingivitis?

    General oral health

    Gingivitis doesn’t always cause pain, and many people don’t realize they have the condition. As symptoms worsen over time, you may start to experience: Bleeding gums (metallic or altered taste), Puffiness/swelling of gums, Pain or soreness, Bad breath

  • What is gum disease?
    Dec. 6, 2021

    What is gum disease?

    General oral health

    Gum disease refers to infections of the gum and bone tissues that surround your teeth. This kind of infection is also known by the technical names of gingivitis and periodontal disease. While improper oral health habits are a main cause of gum disease, a complex mix of genetic, systemic, local, and environmental factors also play a role in its development and progression.

  • Why Men Should Take Better Care of Their Smiles
    Jun. 1, 2017

    Why Men Should Take Better Care of Their Smiles

    General oral health

    The men in our lives are important to us – which is why we should remind them how essential it is to take good care of their grins. Certain lifestyle choices and habits may put men at a disadvantage when it comes to oral health, but smiles are important – so their oral health care... More »

  • Are Oral Health Issues Genetic?
    Feb. 2, 2017

    Are Oral Health Issues Genetic?

    General oral health

    Your father gave you more than just your eye color and your sense of humor. There's a chance he also gave you an increased risk for periodontal disease. Just like other traits, you can inherit oral health issues from your family. That's why it's important to know your family's medical history, including these oral health... More »

  • Your Mouth Holds the Key to Your Heart
    Feb. 12, 2016

    Your Mouth Holds the Key to Your Heart

    General oral health

    Did you know a healthy mouth can make your heart happy? It's true. Studies show people with periodontal (gum) disease often have heart disease, though it's unknown whether one causes the other.1 Whatever the connection, knowing about gum disease can help keep you protected. In its early stages, called gingivitis, gum disease can cause bleeding,... More »

  • Calcium Matters To Your Teeth
    Apr. 15, 2014

    Calcium Matters To Your Teeth

    General oral health

    Growing up, your parents probably encouraged you to choose milk as your mealtime beverage. As a child, their reasoning was irrelevant to you. Either you drank your milk, or you were stuck with water. Now that you're an adult, you still might not know the benefits of a tall glass of milk. Well, milk is... More »

  • Dental Specialist: What is a Periodontist?
    Mar. 18, 2014

    Dental Specialist: What is a Periodontist?

    General oral health

    Your dentist is the first line of defense against oral health foes, but sometimes he or she needs a little help. While a dentist is trained in all oral health diseases, some severe cases require a team of trained dentists. And that's where a periodontist comes in. A periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and... More »

  • Pet Dental Health Month: Pets Need Dental Care, Too!
    Feb. 11, 2014

    Pet Dental Health Month: Pets Need Dental Care, Too!

    General oral health

    Don't turn your nose to your pet's bad breath! Oral health care for pets is just as important as oral health care for humans. With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, it is extremely important to help improve the oral health (and overall health) of your pets. All too often, dental care is something... More »

  • Gingivitis is Preventable And Reversible!
    Jan. 28, 2014

    Gingivitis is Preventable And Reversible!

    General oral health

    Gingivitis sounds like a serious diagnosis, but if you have gum disease, be thankful you only have gingivitis. It means you still have a chance to reverse the diagnosis and avoid serious consequences. If left untreated, gingivitis can eventually lead to the loss of gum tissue, bone supporting the teeth and eventually the actual teeth.... More »

  • Oral Health Tips for Expectant Mothers
    Aug. 15, 2013

    Oral Health Tips for Expectant Mothers

    General oral health

    As any woman who has been pregnant can tell you, there are many health changes that come with carrying a baby. Oral health is no exception. Here are five things to know if you or your significant other are expecting. 1) Be aware of pregnancy gingivitis symptoms. Expectant mothers experience hormone changes that can exaggerate... More »

  • Oral and Overall Health
    Jul. 9, 2013

    Oral and Overall Health

    General oral health

    If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your mouth is definitely the window to your health. Since our body functions as one system, it is no wonder how we take care of our mouth has an impact on the rest of our bodies. This infographic highlights just a few ways your mouth... More »