According to the American Academy or Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH):
- 80% of Americans have gum inflammation/disease
- Gum disease is linked with blood vessel disease, heart attack, and stroke
- Gum disease and tooth loss increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- If you have diabetes and bleeding gums, your risk of premature death increases by 400-700 percent
- Gum disease increases risk for head and neck cancer, pancreatic and kidney cancer
- Oral bacteria are being found in brain tissue, heart vessels, joints and many other parts of the body
It is no surprise that given the current knowledge of the connection between the health of your gums and the rest of your body we care so deeply about the care of your gums. Health Centered Dentistry is committed to the education of our patients and the treatment of gum disease even in its earliest stages.
Know your risk
We will provide annual periodontal exams in order to ensure we catch even the earliest signs of the disease. However, it is up to you to be aware of any signs/symptoms or risks. One of the most common signs of gingivitis (earliest stage of gum disease) can include: bleeding gums when you brush or floss, stubborn bad breath, red or swollen gum tissue. As the disease advances to later stages patients may notice a bad taste in the mouth and even loose teeth. If you have any of these signs or symptoms, please give us a call right away. If gum disease is not treated you can experience major recession of your gum tissue, lost teeth, and as mentioned above; gum disease can contribute to or exacerbate a multitude of systemic problems.
What can be done?
At Health Centered Dentistry we are equipped to treat your periodontal issues gently and compassionately. There are different treatment options that may include scaling and root planning, antimicrobial treatment, or antibiotic treatment. After a full assessment we can determine the best course of action for your specific needs.