The wellness of the heart and body depends on healthy tissues throughout, particularly the gums. Most people diligently brush their teeth at least twice daily, but the gums call for more. Gums need proper home care, regular hygiene cleanings and screenings (to reveal gingival infection, bleeding, signs of oral cancer, certain bacteria and more).
Why are the gums so important? Inflamed gums bleed regularly, which allows oral bacteria and toxins to enter the bloodstream and freely travel the body. This constant flow of bacteria can cause:
- Hardening of the arteries
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Gradual resistance to insulin, causing diabetes
- Increased risk of certain cancers
- A less effective immune system
Insightful Testing & Painless Treatment
The health of your gums should not be taken lightly. Bleeding gums, if undiagnosed and untreated, can be the sole cause of diabetes. Heart disease is also correlated with inflamed gums and gum disease. The good news is that Dr. Morris can conduct blood tests and a salivary diagnosis to understand your risk of gum disease and painlessly treat gums with a soft-tissue laser.
Different tests can reveal the amounts of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood, as well as specific bacteria present in the mouth. This data tells Dr. Morris exactly what is going on, so she can start the right treatment – antibacterial medication, pocket reduction with the laser, and/or a referral to a trusted, local cardiologist for follow-up care.
Not all dentists emphasize preventive care as strongly as Jill Morris, DMD (the dental degree equivalent to DDS). Sarasota patients can count on the caliber of care from World Class Dentistry and Facial Esthetics! Call us to book your appointment for heart healthy dentistry and gum health today.