The Health Risks of Gum Disease

The Health Risks of Gum Disease

Gum disease affects people over the age of 65. This disease is preventable, if left untreated it can affect the overall health. It not only impacts your gums and teeth but can also lead to serious chronic conditions. There are a few ways that gum disease put overall health at risk.

Diabetes

If you are already diabetic than maintaining your oral health is more important. Such chronic conditions are more susceptible to periodontal disease. If the blood sugar level increases, it is very difficult to control glucose in the blood. It is essential to take extra dent hygiene to avoid this damaging oral health issue.

Pregnancy Complications

Pregnant women are at greater risk for gum disease due to hormone fluctuations. This can lead to “pregnancy gingivitis” which is an infection in the gums.

Periodontitis increases the risk of premature delivery. Visit the dentist regularly to save from gum disease during pregnancy.

Heart Disease

It has been found that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. The reason has not been identified still. It is believed that the inflammation associated with gum disease causes the swelling of the arteries. If oral bacteria make the gum disease bad it enters the bloodstream and attacks coronary arteries.

Respiratory Disease

While breathing, many oral bacteria go into the lower respiratory area. They settle down and cause bacterial infections which leads to pneumonia, emphysema and COPD.

Improper care of immune system results in respiratory conditions and makes you more susceptible to bacteria that might colonize in the lungs. Gum disease can also cause inflammation which not only harms the gums but also the lining of the lungs. This leads to chronic respiratory issues.

It is important to protect oral health in order to maintain overall well-being. Due to the advancement, these diseases can be treated easily if found at early stages.

Brush and floss your teeth regularly twice a day and visit the dentist in 6-months for a regular check-up.

We are opening with changes to keep you safe!

We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you, very soon! We will be opening our clinic for all your dental care needs on June 1st. Until then, we are still available for any emergency and urgent dental care you may require.

Our office will have a number of changes designed around giving you a safe, efficient and comfortable experience.

Here’s what to expect:

To book an appointment, please follow the steps below:

Call the office line:

Be prepared to answer the following questions;

  • Have you experienced a fever, cough, runny nose or difficulty breathing in the last two weeks, as we will need to know prior to booking?
  • Have you travelled outside of Alberta within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been diagnosed with covid19 or come in contact with a known covid 19 case?

What we will need from you:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and be patient as we follow rigorous and mandated Covid 19 protocols including a health screening prior to your appointment. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive.
  • Please come to your appointment wearing a mask.
  • Be prepared for us to take your temperature at the time of your visit using a no-contact thermometer
  • Be prepared to fill out a covid health questionnaire and consent for treatment form when you arrive.
  • If you have changes to your insurance, please call the office ahead of time to update this information.

Waiting Room:

  • Accompaniment of patients will be limited to one essential caregiver and one parent of minors; all others will be asked to wait in their vehicle outside the clinic.

What the clinic is doing to ensure your safety:

  • Enhanced cleaning methods with approved sanitization products
  • Hand Sanitization station-please sanitize your hands when you arrive
  • Staggered appointment times to allow for cleaning in between patients
  • Plexiglas barrier at the front desk to minimize exposure between staff and patient.
  • Tap payments (no cash payments will be accepted at this time)
  • All team members will be pre-screened before and when they arrive to work to ensure they are healthy to work. Any team member that does not pass the screening will be asked to go home. We are doing this to ensure we are keeping you and all our team members safe. All team members will be wearing the appropriate PPE at all times and employing high standards of hand hygiene and infection control
  • All service personnel and couriers will be screened and asked to sanitize when they arrive and all deliveries will be sprayed and stored to sanitize before handling

The above changes may take some time to get used to and may seem overwhelming, but we are making them because the health of our patients and staff remains our top priority.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support to help maintain a safe environment in our clinic.

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