Dentist serving residents in Azusa, California, describes how gum disease affects your overall health

Posted By: Dr. Brianne Luu | Published On: | Gum Disease

Dentist serving residents in Azusa, California, describes how gum disease affects your overall health

How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health Azusa CA

Dr. Brianne Luu is a family-friendly dentist in the area of Azusa, California. She has dedicated her practice to helping patients achieve and maintain oral health and wellness. One condition that negatively affects the health of the smile is that of periodontal disease, or “gum disease.” This infection can damage the structures of the mouth if left undiagnosed and untreated. Also, she always takes the time to explain to patients how gum disease affects their overall health. In fact, many medical conditions are linked to periodontal disease, which makes it more important than ever to get a proper diagnosis and discuss effective, immediate treatment with the team at Gentle Care Dentistry.

What is periodontal disease?

Also referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection. It causes inflammation of the soft tissues in the mouth, and if left to progress, can result in the loss of gum tissue, jawbone, and natural teeth. While it is common, it is also preventable with proper oral hygiene habits. When it develops, it cannot be cured, only controlled. This is why it is vital that patients practice good gum health care at home to reduce their risk of developing it.

How gum disease affects overall health

Having gum disease can significantly increase your risk of developing a wide range of health complications. Periodontal disease has many health risks and has been linked to a number of conditions, including:

  • Dementia
  • Strokes
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Heart attacks

Why does this happen?

Gum disease impacts overall health due to the oral-systemic connection. The inflammation and bacteria in the mouth enter the bloodstream and are then carried to other areas of the body. This is why diagnosis and treatment of the condition as soon as it can be found is critical to ensuring good overall health.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brianne Luu today

If you are concerned that you might be developing periodontal disease and need gum healthcare solutions, we invite you to book an appointment at Gentle Care Dentistry in Azusa, California, for an evaluation. We are located at 232 North Azusa Avenue and can be reached by phone for a visit at +1 626-466-9596. Dr. Brianne Luu and her dedicated team are committed to providing new and established patients with solutions for their smiles!

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Dr. Brianne Luu

Dr. Brianne Luu specializes in a variety of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, laser dentistry, Invisalign, pediatric dentistry, emergency dentistry, and general dentistry. She graduated from Tufts Dental School in 2001 and has been serving patients ever since. To provide better services to her patients, she underwent the Executive Master of Public Health Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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