ORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL
Your oral health is directly connected to your overall health. When you have gum disease, also known as periodontitis or gingivitis, it can travel through your bloodstream and cause additional health complications. Gum disease can have direct adverse effects on the respiratory system, pregnancy, reproductive health, and potentially cause heart disease or stroke if left untreated. The additional health problems caused by gum disease will cost more time and money for the treatment of a condition that could be prevented by practicing good oral health habits.
Dr. Terry Soule, a dentist in Orange City, wants you to know how you can save money on your healthcare costs by getting treatment for your gum disease!
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection in the gums, and it usually results from poor oral hygiene. Half of the adults in the U.S. have it, and many do not get treatment for it. Gum disease has been linked to causing many other health-related illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and even certain types of cancer. This could significantly drive up your healthcare costs. But, treating your gum disease could help reduce your risk of these diseases, saving you money! Professional dental treatment is the only way to treat gum disease.
Beware of Do-It-Yourself Gum Disease Treatments
Although there are websites that claim you can do-it-yourself when treating gum disease, it is highly recommended that the following treatments be avoided as they do not help treat gum disease and could potentially cause more harm than good.
Avoid using abrasive materials to remove plaque from your teeth. Gum disease is developed by bacteria collecting under your gums. By using an abrasive material, you may remove some plaque, but some of the smaller particles can get caught under the edge of your gums, causing irritation.
At-home products only treat the surface of your teeth and not the underneath gum area. Since the bacteria that cause gum disease are located under the gums, at-home treatments can be ineffective and only cause more irritation and swelling. Another danger is that it can also release harmful bacteria into your bloodstream that can affect other areas of your body.
Treatments require a clean environment and sterile tools. When you visit your dental professional in DeBary, Deltona, or Orange City, they can provide the right treatment using special ultrasonic equipment and other sterile tools that will help in the healing process of your gums.
If you suspect you have gum disease, Dr. Terry Soule recommends scheduling an appointment for an exam. Once the exam is complete, you will understand more about the current condition of your gums and the treatment needed to return them back to health. If the gum disease is well advanced, you may need additional procedures such as scaling and root planing, also known as a “deep cleaning” to remove bacteria from your gums.
Reduce Your Overall Healthcare Costs
When you establish a good oral hygiene regimen at home, you can avoid other health problems associated with gum disease. According to a study by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, insurance claims from 338,891 patients from 2011 – 2013 were analyzed to see if the treatment of gum disease lessens the severity of other systemic conditions. According to the findings of the study, the individuals with the following conditions were able to dramatically reduce their healthcare costs simply by controlling and correcting gum disease.
- Type 2 Diabetes patients reduced costs by 40.2%.
- Coronary Artery Disease patients reduced costs by 40.9%.
- Cerebral Vascular Disease patients reduced costs by 10.7%.
- Pregnant women reduced costs by 73.7%.
The study concluded that the cost-based results prove that regular home care and cleanings by a dental professional can drastically reduce the cost of your overall health care.
Control Your Gum Disease
Based on these findings, dental professionals know the importance of basic oral care. To get started on the road to better oral health, contact Terry Soule, DDS, at (386) 775-1552 to schedule your appointment today. We can help you get rid of gum disease for good and keep more money in your pocket.