You may have noticed that your gums are red and swollen. Perhaps you have even experienced bleeding while brushing your teeth. If so, then you have likely developed a case of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene is the most likely cause. Dr. Peavy is an experienced periodontist in Winston Salem, NC that helps our patients avoid the serious long term consequences and costs of this illness.

The Impact of Gum Disease

In the long run, gum disease that is left untreated will get progressively worse. Eventually the tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place will erode, and your teeth can fall out. The damage caused by poor oral health is also linked to the development of a number of other serious systemic conditions.

Systemic Diseases

The toxins in your mouth increase the level of toxins in your body. Harmful bacteria can imbed itself in your lungs, bloodstream, and other organs. Your kidneys and liver must constantly work harder to remove these poisons. This wears them out over time increasing your risk for:

 ·         Diabetes
 ·         Heart disease
 ·         Arthritis
 ·         Cancer
 ·         Respiratory infections

Even with adequate insurance, medical treatment costs are on the rise. Diabetes must be managed with special monitors and insulin. Severe arthritis is treated with expensive pain killers. If you are one of the unlucky few who develop cancer, the full cost of chemo therapy and radiation treatments may not always be covered. 

The Opportunity Cost

Some of these illnesses damage more than just your immediate finances. Other opportunities may have to be forfeited in life. You may be limited in the foods you can eat or the type of work you can perform. A life impacted by a cancer treatment is often diminished in many personal ways.

Treatment Options

Fortunately gum disease is easily reversible, and there are affordable treatment options available. If it is caught early enough, a thorough cleaning encourages healthy renewal of your gums. In severe cases, a surgery may be required, but advances in laser technology are often able to reduce theses invasive procedures to a minimum.

If you suspect that you have some form of gum disease, do not hesitate to contact our office at (336) 383-1247. Make an appointment with Dr. Peavy right away.