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Effects of Diet on Dental Health and Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a serious concern for people of all ages today. That is why it is so important to consider the effects of diet on dentalEffects of Diet on Dental Health and Periodontal Disease health in general [1]. Keep in mind that nearly one half of adults over age 30 have some degree of gum disease or what is often called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is indicative of inflamed gum tissue or gingivitis. Indeed gingivitis is the early stage of what can later become more destructive tooth decay. Left untreated gingivitis can result in inflammation that turns into pockets of bacteria around teeth and gums.

Receding Gums Along With Loose Teeth

Receding Gums Along With Loose TeethThe good news is that even advanced cases if properly cared for can be reversed. The reversal of periodontal disease is essential before it becomes too late [2]. This will prevent the permanent breakdown of tissue that connects bone to teeth. So what are the symptoms of periodontal disease? Very simply the symptoms can range from tender gums to gums that are discolored. In addition, bleeding gums or gums that are swollen may indicate that periodontal disease is taking hold. More serious stages of the disease are also apparent at times. For example, receding gums along with loose teeth or tooth loss may in most cases point to advanced stages of periodontal disease.Heart Disease is Known To Be a Risk Factor

Heart Disease is Known To Be a Risk Factor

Even bad breath can be a clear warning sign that periodontal disease is a problem. As a note, when the gums become inflamed and broken, it is likely that bacteria can then more easily enter the bloodstream. The end result in this situation is a wide range of other unwanted health related issues and problems. For example, heart disease is known to be a risk factor related to periodontal disease. In short, the inflammation associated with gum disease can have far reaching impact on overall long-term health [3]. Talk with your Tigard dental care provider, Dr. Rashidi at Washington Square Dental today to learn more.


[1] Diet and Its Impact On Dental Health
[2] Understanding The Impacts of Diet on Dental Health
[3] Knowing The Dangers of Periodontitis