Mouth-Body Connection

Do You Have Gum Disease?

Did you know that your oral health has an effect on your overall health? Many people are unaware of this connection, but research continues to show that oral health conditions, such as gum disease, can increase the risk for or worsen systemic issues, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and even stroke. But there is good news! With the proper periodontal care from our periodontist, Dr. Ellie Love, you can return your gums and teeth back to optimal health and help keep your body in good overall health! Understanding the mouth-body connection and the symptoms of gum disease is the first step to scheduling an appointment at our Rancho Mirage, CA office.


How Gum Disease Affects Your Health

Gum disease is characterized by chronic, low-grade inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. Without treatment, gum disease can progress until irreversible harm comes to the gums and bone, increasing the risk for loose teeth or tooth loss. Chronic inflammation associated with gum disease is thought to be connected to other systemic inflammation, as with heart disease and diabetes. Though still a topic of debate, research indicates that those who suffer from gum disease are at a higher risk for complications with other systemic diseases and issues. Therefore, oral health plays a significant role in the health and wellness of the entire body. As an experienced periodontist, Dr. Love recognizes the importance of good gum health to lower the risk of associated systemic conditions. If you are suffering with gum disease and have any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to seek our help immediately.

  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • Chronic bad breath
  • A change in bite
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss

We Specialize in Gum Disease Treatment

As a periodontal office, we specialize specifically in diagnosing and treating diseases of the gum tissue. This includes a thorough understanding and decades of experiences in helping patients achieve good oral health after gum disease, as well as replacing lost teeth with dental implants. Along with many years of experience treating gum disease with conventional methods, we are trained and certified to provide the revolutionary LANAP® , a protocol that uses dental lasers to minimally invasively remove diseased gum tissues and restore health to the gums and bone. One of the first periodontists in the Coachella Valley to incorporate LANAP into her practice, Dr. Love is highly skilled in this procedure and welcomes patients concerned with cut-and-sew methods of conventional osseous surgery! Is it time to seek the care of a minimally invasive periodontist? We invite you to schedule a consultation at our Rancho Mirage, CA office today!

Seek periodontal treatment before it affects your overall health!