Ruggless Dental

Study Highlights Link between Obesity and Gum Disease

August 29, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Shane Ruggless
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Having gum disease puts your health at risk. It seems like every new study that emerges outlines a link between gum disease and another system in the body. 

These include:

Circulatory risks – heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure
Respiratory risks – COPD and chronic bronchitis
Nervous system risks – Alzheimer’s
Reproductive risks – low birth weight babies

Now a new study links obesity and periodontal disease along with an increased risk of insulin resistance, this is of particular concern. Obesity increases the risk of systemic illness and cancer. It can seem like a vicious cycle.

We Can Help 

At Ruggless Dental, we are committed to highly personalized dentistry that promotes overall health and wellness. Your gum health is the foundation of your dental health. Healthy gums cling tightly to your teeth, preventing the pocketing associated with gum disease.

Our early detection techniques identify signs of gum disease when it is easier to treat. In the early stages, gum disease is even reversible with the proper improvements to home care and a regular professional dental cleaning treatment plan designed to address the level of infection you face.

Will It Hurt?

We know many patients who suffer from gum disease have stayed away from the dentist because of fear and anxiety surrounding past painful experiences. Our entire team is dedicated to giving you the best treatment of your life. Believe it or not – it is possible to have pain-free dentistry.

If you require a specialized dental cleaning and are concerned about pain, we can gently numb the affected areas. Our patients often comment on how gentle our hygienists are. Each of them is kind and people-oriented, so you have nothing to fear.

If you live in the Springfield area and want a dentist who will work with you to achieve your goals for your smile, come by and meet the team or give us a call to arrange an appointment. We can’t wait to help you have the healthy smile you deserve.

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