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Understanding the Mouth Body Connection: Periodontal Therapy in Glenpool, OK

April 7, 2015

185594294While it’s relatively common knowledge that gum disease causes bad breath, sensitivity, bleeding, and even tooth loss, its systemic effects are not as widely known. At Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry in Glenpool, OK, Dr. Parnam Mohanna and Dr. Dalia Georgy offer an extensive range of preventive and family dentistry services, including periodontal therapy. Today, we’d like to discuss some of the lesser known effects of gum disease and how they impact our overall well-being.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

The bacteria that cause gum disease are capable of causing damage to other tissues and organs located throughout your body. When these bacteria are allowed to enter the bloodstream through your infected gingival tissue, a variety of complications can result. In fact, untreated periodontal disease has been linked to the following health issues:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Blood and pancreatic cancer
  • Kidney problems
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia
  • Preterm delivery and low infant birth weight

Fortunately, keeping your gums free of infectious bacteria is as easy as keeping to a stringent home hygiene routine and visiting our office twice per year for a thorough cleaning. If you do succumb to gum disease, however, we can help manage it with periodontal therapy. In some cases, more frequent deep cleanings are all that is necessary to halt the progression of gum disease.

Schedule Your Next Visit Today

Has it been more than six months since your last checkup and cleaning at Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry? If so, there’s never been a better time to put your oral health back on the right track. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with our caring, experienced team. Our Glenpool, OK dental office is privileged to serve the complete oral healthcare needs of families from throughout the surrounding areas of Tulsa, Sapulpa, Jenks, Bixby, Mounds, Okmulgee, Keifer, and more. We genuinely look forward to helping you reduce your risk of these and other complications associated with periodontal disease.

What’s the Relationship between Your Heart and Your Oral Health?

February 14, 2014

heart healthMost people wouldn’t think to ask a question like this. After all, we tend to think of oral health as something separate from overall wellbeing. But the truth is that poor oral health can make you more vulnerable certain kinds of health problems, including heart disease.

Connecting the two is gum disease, an incredibly common oral health issue that affects a majority of the population. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria and plaque around the gum line. Over time, the bacteria and plaque of gum disease can create pockets between your teeth and gums. They can then use these pockets to enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, like the heart. Once there, they can contribute to clotting and even heart attack.

Gum disease has also been linked to:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Pneumonia
  • Pre-term birth or low birth weight

Given the connection between your smile and your overall wellbeing, you might wonder what you can do to protect yourself. Dr. Georgy and Dr. Mohanna of Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry recommend following a homecare routine that includes flossing at least once a day and brushing at least twice. A good antibacterial mouthwash can also help by minimizing the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

Regular checkups and cleanings are also important. During your appointment at our Sapulpa office, Dr. Georgy or Dr. Mohanna will assess your health and look for signs of gum disease. If they find anything, they’ll create a treatment plan to help you take control of your condition and enjoy better oral health.

Do you have questions about the connection between gum disease and overall wellbeing? Call Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry for an appointment with Dr. Georgy or Dr. Mohanna. We serve patients from Sapulpa, Tulsa, Bixby, Mounds, Keifer, Okmulgee, Glenpool, Jenks, and surrounding areas.