When a patient visits their medical doctor for a check-up, the doctor will often perform a series of simple tests to check for warning signs of underlying issues. From breathing to hearing, it’s all part of the process to ensure that you’re doing alright here in Nashville, TN. But one thing that doctors also look at is your oral health. If you’re experiencing heart or breathing problems, the mouth is one of the first places that a doctor will look at. Unbeknownst to the patient, sometimes the state of your gums and teeth could be causing problems in the rest of your body. Join us at Dentistry of Nashville as we take a closer look at why this is.
What is Porphyromonas gingivalis?
A recent study published in the Infection and Immunity journal was conducted at Orebro University in Sweden. They found that the Porphyromonas gingivalis, or P. gingivalis for short, actually “secretes enzymes….that boosts inflammation, which is thought to play an important role in atherosclerosis.” (Check out the article here)
In other words, the bacteria that’s responsible for periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream to the heart and vessels around it, causing them to become infected, inflamed, and therefore increasing your risk for heart attacks and cardiovascular problems.
While many studies have speculated about the connection between gum diseases and bodily health, this new study now contributes more evidence pointing to the connection. So, if you’re having heart pains or heart problems, and your gums are looking less than appealing, your doctor may direct you to us here at Dentistry of Nashville to have your periodontitis addressed.
How Can I Treat my Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a very serious condition that is triggered by an infection in the gums. This infection can occur as a result of poor flossing, neglecting to floss, or other bacteria. We often try to catch this disease at its early stages, by zeroing in on red, inflamed gums, bleeding, or other signs of infection.
If caught early, simple changes in your oral regimen can help curb the symptoms. These include routine cleanings to get rid of plaque, better flossing, soft-bristle brushes, or antibiotics (if severe enough). But if the gums need a deep cleaning to get rid of the diseased tissue, we may recommend that a LANAP procedure be performed. It’ll help save your gums and the rest of your body from the troubles with the bacteria.
Learn About LANAP
Now that there’s new evidence about P. gingivalis leading to some pretty serious bodily health concerns, we at Dentistry of Nashville would like to direct your attention to LANAP. Dr. Fleming is licensed and well-practiced in this method of periodontal treatment, and leave little to no side effects on the patient’s part.
LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and entails removing the diseased tissue under the surface of the gums, so that healthy tissues can take over and heal the area. Using a painless laser tool, LANAP gets rid of the scalpel and gum grafts, and instead kills the bacteria and diseased tissue hidden from view. It creates a sterile area that prevents bacteria from re-infecting the area, and new tissue and bone can regrow around the site.
Check Your Gums with Us at Dentistry of Nashville
Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming are all trained to recognize and intercept symptoms of serious gum disease; it’s part of your check-ups with us! If your periodontal disease does not improve, or you’ve been informed by your doctor that it could threaten your bodily health, contact us about LANAP treatment. We will be happy to schedule a consultation with you here in Nashville, TN to discuss the process and benefits of this treatment.