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Medically Reviewed by Lisa A. Turner, DDS, MSD

Gum disease does not just impact your oral health, but it can have a serious impact on your overall health as well. Here we discuss the connection between periodontics and your overall health. 

What is Periodontics?

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the treatment of periodontal diseases and other conditions of the gums and tissues that support teeth. Periodontists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, and they can also provide advice on how to maintain good oral health. If you think you may have a periodontal disease, it’s important to see a periodontist for diagnosis and treatment.

Impact on Overall Health

Gum disease is a serious infection that can damage the gums and tissues that support teeth, and if left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. In addition to causing oral health problems, gum disease can also have a negative impact on overall health.

Untreated gum disease can increase your risk of developing other health conditions, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

In fact, research has shown that people with gum disease are at increased risk for these diseases and may be more likely to die from them than people without gum disease.

Good oral hygiene habits are important for maintaining good oral health, but they’re also important for maintaining general health. By brushing and flossing regularly, you can help reduce your risk of developing gum disease and other health conditions.

How we can help

The good news is that periodontal disease can be treated! If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, there is hope for slowing the progression of the disease, restoring the health of the gums and preventing the disease from progressing further and impacting your overall health.

Our team at Venice Periodontics and Implant Dentistry will work directly with your dentist to determine an oral health care plan that aims to treat and prevent periodontal disease and improve your oral health. Schedule an appointment online, or call 941-497-5591.