Changes in your smile, no matter how small, should never be ignored. When you floss or brush and your gums bleed, it may seem like nothing but it may actually be the beginning of periodontal infection. At the early stages, gingivitis, this may mean nothing more than scheduling an exam where your dentist recommends a deep teeth cleaning or an antibiotic. If left to progress, however, the damage caused by gingivitis in Wayne, NJ, can be much more damaging than you ever imagined.

How Periodontal Disease Effects Your Health

Gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile, causing bleeding gums, gum inflammation, receding gums, bad breath, and tooth loss. The cost to replace teeth with dentures or implants after they have been ravaged by infection is substantial and much more than the cost of prevention. If there was one message Dr. Laurence Breiterman would wish to clearly communicate above all others, it might be that early intervention is critical to oral and overall health.

Does Periodontal Disease Contribute to Heart Disease?

If you are not familiar with the recent studies, you may be interested to learn that periodontal infection has been linked to stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Not only does periodontal disease increase your risk of chronic illness, the bacterial infection that is present in the gums can travel to different parts of your body by entering and circulating through the bloodstream. With diabetes in particular, there is a reciprocal relationship, wherein diabetics are more prone to infection and the infection also negatively impacts blood sugar levels.

Investing time and money in maintaining the health of your smile also goes a long way toward protecting you from illness such as heart disease. Dr. Breiterman offers effective, convenient treatments for gingivitis in Wayne, NJ, including laser gum therapy. Contact our office today to see if the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), performed without scalpels, is right for you. Never let budgets, tight schedules, or fear override your decision to simply schedule an appointment and protect your smile.