More and more studies have shown a major link between gum disease and major health problems:
- Heart Disease
- Low Birth Weights
- Pancreatic Cancer
You can check any of this out on your own with an internet search. When gum disease exists in a mouth, germs that are on, in or under your gums will also circulate throughout your body by way of your bloodstream, creating or worsening a number of health concerns!
Why Gum Treatment?
- Saves your teeth!
- Keeps bacteria and their toxins out of your bloodstream
- Supports your immune system
- Fresher breath
- Healthy gums help teeth look and function better
Did you know that more teeth are lost to periodontal diseases than to decay?
In fact, periodontal disease of the gums and bone that support our teeth is so common that the State of Texas requires under penalty of law that dentists perform and record a periodontal examination for every patient of record! So this is a topic you should know about.
Gingivitis, swollen or bleeding gums, is usually the first problem, followed by more destructive stages where the tooth-supporting bone is melted away. This is why teeth “get loose” and sometimes “fall out” on their own. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital. Our U.S. Surgeon General has said that 80-90% of American adults have some form of periodontal disease!! The treatment of gum disease usually includes cleaning the teeth above and below the gum line and irrigating the gum pockets with antimicrobials (germ killers) or antibiotics. After that, controlling the problem is usually easy with routine visits with the hygienist, combined with excellent home care. For resistant or recurring problems, we also use LASERs or continued antibiotic therapy. Yes, it is a must that you do your part daily by meticulously cleaning EVERY SURFACE of EVERY TOOTH at least ONCE per day! Begin the journey to a healthier mouth and body. You can do it! We have thousands of patients who do!
If you or a loved one has red or swollen gums that bleed sometimes, call today to schedule a COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION with me to discuss your options.