A Healthy Smile, A Healthy Body
It is important to have regular check-ups – not just to maintain a beautiful smile, but to have overall good health. Gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss, and it can be successfully healed without surgery. Our commitment to our patients is to give meticulous attention to your dental needs for outstanding oral health, so your whole body will have optimum health.
Gum Disease Can Contribute
to Serious Health Conditions
Inflammation anywhere in the body has been determined to be the root cause of many chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and pre-term babies. The mouth is a significant source of inflammation when gum disease is present. In the early stages, gum inflammation usually has no symptoms – usually only a dentist or hygienist can tell if you have any gum inflammation. Eliminating gum inflammation can reduce your risk for heart disease and other serious problems.
Poor dental hygiene allows bacteria and plaque to build up on teeth and below the gum line, causing development of infection and inflammation. These bacteria get into the bloodstream and cause an inflammation of the arteries, increasing the chances of a heart attack or stroke, no matter how fit a person may be. Improving oral hygiene and having a dental check-up every year could help prevent both gum disease and other potentially life-threatening conditions.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports: “Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.”
Lost Teeth are Primarily Caused by Gum Disease
Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss – not decay. If you have bleeding gums while flossing or brushing, teeth that feel loose, or chronic bad breath, it is important to be checked for gum disease. Gum disease can be treated with nonsurgical methods, but only if the infection hasn’t reached an advanced stage.
There Is Good News!
Gum disease can be healed without surgery if treated in the early stages of the infection. The nonsurgical methods are very effective and covered by most dental insurance plans. Please come in for an appointment at the first signs of bleeding or inflamed gums.
Get A Dazzling White Smile
When we use the Piezo Scaler, we often hear comments from our patients that their teeth have never felt so clean! This high tech tool uses high frequency vibrations and water to gently remove inflammation causing deposits of plaque and tartar from your teeth, especially under the gumline and even in deep pockets, in the case of advanced gum disease treatments. As a bonus, the Piezo Scaler allows us to remove deposits on your teeth faster than with regular scaling instruments. In some cases, we also employ laser technology to help treat gum disease. Periowave is a painless, non-invasive cold laser that helps eliminate the harmful bacteria and toxins associated with gum disease and inflammation.