What do I need to know about gum health?
The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth
Most people don’t realize that the primary cause of tooth loss isn’t cavities. It’s because of gum disease. And the alarming thing is that gum disease can be completely unnoticeable right up until you lose your teeth. Even though there might not be any pain, it is important to watch for warning signs such as loose or shifting teeth, or bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease
and Even Stroke
The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have some level of periodontal (gum) disease. And recent medical research continues to support the finding that gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are all linked.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports: “studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” Periodontal disease is characterized by bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can travel into the bloodstream – straight to the heart.
Now the Good News
Luckily, there are ways we can help you prevent and control gum disease before it is too late! Sometimes when the disease is very advanced, surgery can be required. Gum surgery is never fun, but it is very successful in controlling the condition. With mild to moderate periodontal disease, there are very effective NON-surgical procedures that, coupled with improved dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. But the easiest way is to let us help you keep gum disease from ever becoming a problem in the first place!
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (540) 684-5857.