When most people think of gum disease, the first thing that typically comes to mind is redness along the gum line and bleeding when the teeth are brushed or flossed. While these are two very common symptoms of periodontal disease, there are even more serious complications associated with this condition. At Chris J. Devlin, DMD, PC in State College, PA, Dr. Devlin and his team offer a comprehensive array of general and preventive dentistry services to keep our patients wholly healthy, including laser periodontal therapy.
Gum Disease and the Mouth-Body Link
When an individual suffers from gum disease, the bacteria that thrive within the oral cavity can spread throughout the rest of the body, wreaking havoc on other tissues and organs over time. Though there may not be any symptoms of a larger infection at first, these complications can be incredibly serious. Research has proven the existence of a link between untreated gum disease and systemic health problems, including:
- Respiratory illnesses, including an increased risk for pulmonary hypertension
- Pancreatic cancer
- Complications in diabetic patients
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Dementia in older age
- Low birth weight in babies born to mothers with gum disease
Fortunately, treating gum disease in its earliest stages may help to reduce your risk of developing these and other conditions. Dr. Devlin offers laser periodontal therapy to combat gum disease in its varying stages. Because a laser actually helps to stimulate healing as it treats infected gum tissue, recovery time is shortened considerably. Patients report feeling more comfortable during their healing period, and they are able to return to a normal diet more quickly than is the case with traditional scalpel and suture gum disease surgery.
Healthy Smile, Healthy You
If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from gum disease, contact our office in State College, PA. We also serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Altoona, Bellefonte, Centre Hall, and beyond. We look forward to helping you achieve your healthiest, most beautiful smile yet.