The connection between dental health and your overall health may not be obvious, but it’s there, and it’s significant. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is caused by hundreds of species of bacteria. In its earliest stages, it’s characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. At its advanced stage—periodontitis—gum disease is incurable and can cause gum recession, jawbone recession, and tooth loss. Even more concerning are the proven links to systemic conditions including heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and more. This has been shown in research by reputable institutions including the American Society for Microbiology and American Society of Nephrology. It’s clear the bacteria behind gum disease can travel through the body, reach major organs, and compromise the immune system, which fights viruses and infections. A periodontist in Nashville, TN can help you avoid these complications.

With many decades in practice as periodontists, Dr. Bill Akin, Dr. Will Akin, and Dr. Brian West the specialists to rely on for gum disease prevention and treatment. Their professional advice on the topic is very simple:


  1. Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Brush and floss your teeth each day as directed to avoid bacterial buildup, the root cause behind gum disease and many other dental health problems.

  1. Avoid Smoking

Tobacco products of all kinds have been shown to be major contributors to gum disease.

  1. Have Regular Dental Visits

Ongoing professional teeth cleanings can help you avoid gum disease and routine exams can identify signs of the disease at a stage when it’s still treatable.

  1. See a Specialist

As periodontists, our doctors have years of advanced specialty training focused on gum health and the supporting structures of the teeth. Count on them to treat everything from minor issues to the most complex cases.


Don’t Let Poor Dental Health Endanger Your Immune System

Call our periodontist now at 615-800-3686 for expert-level gum disease care!