Periodontal Disease – More Common Than You Think

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects up to 70% of adults over the age of 30. It begins with the formation of plaque (bacteria) at the gum line. Over time the plaque hardens into calcium deposits called tartar. Bleeding during brushing and flossing is often the first sign of periodontal (gum) disease. This means that your gums have become inflamed or infected as a result of plaque and tartar buildup along and below the gum lines. This condition can become very serious if left untreated and can eventually lead to receding gums and tooth loss.

A growing body of evidence that associates serious gum disease, or periodontitis with a number of other diseases has fundamentally changed dentistry.

The Secret Killer, a 2OO4 Time magazine article, linked inflammation associated with gum disease to heart attacks, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, low birth weight in babies with mothers who hove gum disease, and o host of other health issues.

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation in the mouth and diseased gum tissue is a vast portal of entry for bacteria into the body.

This mouth-body connection is why we ore so passionate about periodontal therapy. lt is more than just cleaning; it is in every way the practice of oral preventive and therapeutic medicine. In our view, simple management of disease is no longer acceptable. Our greater responsibility is to cure periodontal inflammation and infection.

Lasers ore the newest dental technology in our periodontal disease fighting arsenal. Lasers use light energy to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease and inflammation, and promote healing of the gums.

Since the link between inflammation of the gums and systemic disease is real, it is important to treat gum disease.

The best treatment for this condition is a visit to your dentist for a thorough check-up and cleaning, followed by a complete regimen of brushing and flossing. With prompt and thorough treatment, the condition if caught early can normally be corrected. Please feel free to call our office if you have noticed bleeding during tooth brushing, or if you would like direction on proper homecare techniques.

 

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