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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Life

How Oral Health and Overall Health Are Linked

As a dual-certified periodontist, Dr. Curry Leavitt specializes in protecting your gum health. With his acute understanding of the connection dental health has to your systemic health—known as the “mouth-body connection”—he’s also dedicated to protecting your overall wellness. At its initial stage, gum disease is characterized by redness, inflammation, bleeding while brushing, and gum recession. Untreated, this can develop into periodontitis, which can do irreversible damage to soft tissues and bone. This advanced form of gum disease has implications far beyond your oral health. There’s significant scientific evidence that your gum health can lead to serious medical health consequences. The suspected cause of this is the bacteria behind gum disease reaching major organs such as your heart and brain via your bloodstream. To avoid developing gum disease and compromising the health and functioning of these organs, Dr. Leavitt recommends that you maintain good dental hygiene habits, have regular dental checkups, and, at the first sign of problems, seek expert care by making an appointment to see him.
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Protect Yourself Against Mouth-Body Connection Risks

The first step to avoid succumbing to the dangers of the mouth-body connection is being aware of its existence. We hope the information we’ve provided here has given you a basic understanding of the potential for complications that can come from unchecked gum disease. We also hope it will inspire you to take steps to protect your gum health. Effective protection starts at home with good dental hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth and perform any routine maintenance as directed by your general dentist. You should also visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If your gums begin to show signs of disease, contact our office for an appointment with Dr. Leavitt. He can help you avoid more serious problems down the road with services including gum disease treatment, minimally invasive laser gum surgery, and osseous surgery. An estimated 65 million Americans over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease, putting them at risk for more destructive consequences. You don’t have to be one of them!