Gum Disease: Serious But Treatable
At least 80% of the population has some degree of gum disease and most don’t know it. Gum disease is responsible for up to 70% of adult tooth loss, and it does not give clear warning signs that an untrained eye would notice. A dentist or hygienist must do a thorough and complete examination to detect it; especially in its early stages. Gum disease is similar to high blood pressure, or heart disease, by the time the person who has it notices symptoms it is in its advanced stages.
Gum disease has been implicated as a causative factor in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, premature births, and low birth weight. It is an infection of the gums and jawbones. The bacteria, and chemical by-products of our bodies that attempt to fight the bacteria, can enter the blood stream and cause serious problems in distant parts of the body. It critical to have the teeth cleaned and to conduct a thorough examination a minimum of twice a year, and it is also critical that you do a thorough job at home cleaning the teeth twice daily. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and prevented. Today there are numerous aids available to help us, which include special toothbrushes, toothpastes, rinses and even prescription medications. Your dentist can determine the appropriate treatment method only after examination of your condition. Contact us to set up an appointment or if you have any questions.