Gum disease is too often overlooked as an oral health concern. The reality is that is a general health issue as well.

Protecting your periodontal health is important if you want to keep your smile. Indeed, gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.

You may not realize, however, how periodontal infections can lead to additional health problems. One example of this is that people who have persistent gum disease are more likely to have strokes as they get older.

We’ll discuss this more below, but for now, please call 806-507-6906 right away to make an appointment at our Lubbock, TX office. Let us treat you at High Plains Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Stroke Risk Rises With Age

You already know that your health is likely to decline as you get older. Even so, you don’t want to do things that make your risks higher while you are younger.

Researchers at the University of Helsinki recently published a study on the connection between gum disease and strokes among people between 20 and 50 years old.

According to their findings, people who had periodontitis were at a notably higher risk of have a stroke than people without gum infections. The bacteria that cause gum disease and other oral health issues can get into the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. If that bacteria reach the brain, it can cause a stroke.

Protect More Than Your Smile

At our dental practice, you can prevent periodontal infections from starting and treat problems that are already in place. Our doctors have specialized training in gum health and can provide solutions that you won’t find at a typical dental practice.

We can provide deep cleanings and exams through scaling and root planing. In many instances, this is sufficient to prevent an infection from getting worse. In advanced cases, you may need PerioProtect® to remove the bacteria causing your condition.

If needed, we can use a dental laser for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) to restore your healthy gums.

For patients with chronic gum problems, we can provide regular care to maintain your gum health for many years to come. 

We want to keep you smiling. We also want you to remain as healthy as possible for the sake of your quality of life. Don’t delay in getting care for your gum disease.

Call 806-507-6906 to see how you can become a candidate for these artificial tooth roots! You can also schedule online to visit High Plains Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.