"Periodontal" or gum disease is very common. Studies show that 8 out of 10 adults have some form of it which is why former Surgeon General, David Satcher, called it "the silent epidemic."
It's very important that your gums are healthy because if they are not, this health problem can affect to other parts of your body harmfully including your heart! People with gum disease are 60% more likely to die from a heart attack. More and more doctors and scientists are discovering that many bad health problems are related to bacteria in the mouth.
Over recent years, researchers have linked oral bacteria to many forms of systemic disease. Among them,
- Heart Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Respiratory Disease
- Strokes and Blood Clots
- Premature babies
- Low Birth Weight
The evidence indicates that the mouth is a key path for the spread of pathogenic bacteria to other parts of your body.
For example, the bacteria associated with Alzheimer’s Disease have been isolated in tiny spaces between the teeth and gum (called periodontal pockets). From there, these harmful bacteria can spread along the nerve pathway from the teeth to the brain tissue. When these bacteria are introduced into brain cultures, a substance called beta amyloid is formed, which is a cause of Alzheimer’s Disease! Yikes!
The solution is to vigorously maintain preventative care.
Twice-daily brushings and regular flossing are excellent for maintenance between office visits, but a healthy mouth and beautiful smile require routine preventive care to stay that way. Our practice offers preventive care that includes regular oral examinations and cleanings, fluoride, and periodontal (gum disease) treatments designed to help you maintain your smile’s health and beauty. Keep your teeth and gums strong and disease-free. Contact our office today to schedule a cleaning or consultation.