Maintaining your gum health is vital to your overall health. When you visit our Harpers Ferry dental office for an examination, our trained hygienists perform a periodontal exam. In fact, during your examination, our team is quietly assessing your oral health by performing a number of checks. Here’s what you need to know about periodontal disease.
Many Names, One Illness
Signs & Symptoms
Periodontal disease may be marked by swollen and red gums. Bleeding, especially while brushing and flossing, may also occur. Another symptom of periodontal disease is persistent bad breath. If you experience any of these symptoms regularly, please contact Mayhew & Smith Dentistry.
Periodontal Disease Can Impact Your Overall Health
Your gum health is linked to your overall health. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to bleeding gums, gum recession, and tooth loss. The effects of periodontal disease extend well beyond your mouth. In fact, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, the disease can increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
While you may think of your teeth as the primary reason to visit Mayhew & Smith Dentistry for a regular examination, understand that our Harpers Ferry dentist is looking beyond your teeth to assess your oral health and potential impacts on your overall health. Talk to our experienced team if you experience any signs or symptoms of periodontal disease. Our Harpers Ferry dentist is trained to identify signs of periodontal disease. When detected early and managed properly, periodontal disease is treatable.
Mayhew and Smith Dentistry of Harpers Ferry
Phone: (304) 535-2409
1238 W. Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425