When looking ahead in the new year you might be wondering how you can improve many aspects of your life including your health and finances. Once easy way to improve both your overall health and your future investments is making an appointment with your dentist. A healthy mouth is directly linked to a healthy body. Investing in your oral health now will save you both time and a whole lot of money in the future. Here is how.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease might not seem like a big problem, but, if left untreated, can devastate both your oral and overall health. Periodontal disease is an active infection in your mouth that can lead to tooth and bone loss. However, scientists have found this infection may be capable of traveling through your bloodstream to infect the rest of our body, increasing your risk for other serious health issues.

Systemic Effects of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease has been linked to serious and costly health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. People with heart disease and gum disease have as much as twice the likelihood of having a heart attack due to their increased risk of clogged arteries and blood clots. Those with periodontal disease have an increased risk of developing bacterial pneumonia and those with chronic bronchitis and emphysema can worsen their condition through oral infections. Diabetics with gum disease have a difficult time maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and often require additional insulin treatments.

Gum Disease Treatment with Dr. Chris Hutton

It is vital to treat your gum disease as soon as possible to stop its progression and limit the damage to your oral health. Dr. Hutton is a periodontist who specializes in providing leading periodontal treatment to our patients including the breakthrough LANAP® protocol, periodontal maintenance, scaling and root planing, and osseous surgery.

You simply cannot afford to neglect your gum health this year. To save pain, time, and money in the long run, do not put off treatment. If you have gum disease and are searching for an experienced periodontist in Racine, WI call our office to schedule your consultations with Dr. Hutton today.