Gum disease

The dentists in our office have all had extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of Periodontal Disease. The vast majority of our patients with gum disease are treated with the most current procedures and medications to arrest and, if possible, reverse the course of the disease.  This may be as simple as more frequent re-care (hygiene) intervals or involve procedures such as scaling and root planning. Regardless of the treatment required, you can rest assured that everyone in the office will work diligently to control this oral condition that has been linked to a multitude of systemic problems, such as heart attacks and strokes.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease (also known as Pyorrhea) is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. Left untreated, it causes loss of the bone anchoring your teeth- and subsequent loss of the teeth.

According to the American Dental Association, Periodontal Disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in the World.

Periodontal Disease & Heart Disease

Did you know that people with gum disease are FOUR times more likely to be afflicted with Heart Disease than people without gum disease.

That’s right. Recent studies at The University of Minnesota confirm that a chronic infection in your mouth (which is what Periodontal Disease is) allows the bacteria to enter your blood stream. These bacteria may cause blood clots and block your arteries, possibly even triggering a heart attack.

Other studies have shown that plaque bacteria entering the bloodstream through infected gums may also cause a potentially fatal heart disease called infective endocarditis. This is a bacterial infection which causes the sac around the heart to become inflamed.

Reduce Your Health Risks

How can you reduce your risks of serious health ailments that may be due to Periodontal Disease?

  1. Have regular check ups.
  2. Have your teeth cleaned AT LEAST twice a year- sometimes more frequently if you build up plaque quickly.
  3. Brush and floss regularly.

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