Why do I need periodontal therapy?
As a warm, moist environment, the mouth makes the ideal breeding ground for bacteria, meaning that infection can spread extremely quickly. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to a whole range of other health problems. These include an increased risk of developing any of the following conditions:
- Heart disease and heart attack
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Periodontal therapy can also improve your breath (halitosis is a major symptom of the disease), remove any tartar which is important for healthy teeth and gums, and ensure you retain a confident, full smile that you can’t help but share.
Risks to pregnant/nursing women and their babies
This is because research has shown that the presence of periodontal disease can lead to an increased health risk to both mother and her developing baby. These risks can include life-threatening pre-eclampsia, and very early/preterm labor and delivery. Periodontal therapies are highly recommended, although even the proper treatment of gum disease may not completely prevent problems at birth. Unfortunately, pregnant women are more susceptible to periodontal disease and other oral health problems due to their fluctuating hormones compromising the ability to resist disease. In fact, a large percentage of women often find they suffer from inflamed gum tissue during their pregnancy for this very reason.