Periodontal Disease

Fast facts about Periodontal Disease:

    » 80% of people have one or more signs of it
    » For over a half-century, medical professionals have known of the direct correlation between periodontal disease and an increased risk of heart disease, strokes, auto-immune diseases, cancer and premature childbirth. Recent studies show that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, and the risk of stroke increases dramatically as well.
    » It is one of three most common diseases affecting people

Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque.  It begins by causing the gums to become inflamed. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease and is characterized by red, swollen or bleeding gums and is reversible with home and professional care.  Periodontitis is the more severe version of the disease and can lead to the destruction of tissue and bone and eventually tooth loss.  The process can have surprisingly mild symptoms.¹

We teach our patients a simple, cost-effective "dental fitness program" to help them to care for their own mouth and be disease-free forever. Proper brushing and flossing are the most effective ways to prevent periodontal disease at home, and should be done daily.  Periodontal disease should be taken quite seriously because, untreated, it can lead to tooth loss.


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