There is a general assumption by patients that most
teeth are lost due to decay. But the main cause is gum
disease. Gum disease can go unnoticed until it reaches
the point of losing your teeth. Surgery is needed in
advanced stages of infection, but now nonsurgical
methods can be used if the infection is treated in the
early stages. If you have bleeding gums from brushing or
flossing, or you notice your teeth are loosening, please
contact us immediately.
Disease Has an Effect on Your Health
It has been estimated by the American Dental Association
that 80% of the adult population in the United States
has gum disease. Dentists consider this an epidemic, but
it is not labeled so because it is not considered a
life-threatening disease. But now all that has changed.
Recent medical research has identified a link between
chronically infected gums and serious health conditions
such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The
bacterial infection of the gums travels throughout the
body in the bloodstream and affects or worsens other
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.”
Good News in Treating Gum Disease
We let our patients know that if they experience any
symptoms of gum disease – bleeding or reddened gums or
loose teeth – to come into our office immediately. When
gum disease is treated in the early stages, nonsurgical
procedures are successful in halting the problem. Once
periodontal disease is advanced, surgery is the
treatment. Both procedures are covered under most
If You Lose a Tooth
Losing a tooth has more of an impact on your health and
appearance than you may think. Even one missing tooth
can cause other teeth to start to shift. This may affect
chewing and absorbing nutrients from your food. If
chewing becomes difficult, softer foods with a higher
calorie content may be favored, which often results in
weight gain. Your face will take on a “sunken” look,
giving you the appearance of being older than you are.
We recommend implants to replace your missing teeth.
They look very natural and function just like a real
tooth, and give you a complete, beautiful smile.
Healthy Smile and Body
Good oral health is more than just looking your best. It
is also about healthy teeth and gums. Most tooth loss is
because of gum infections, not decay. And from recent
health studies, a connection has been made between
chronic gum disease and the health of your entire body.
There is good news in treating gum disease without
surgery in many cases. Our commitment to each and every
patient is giving the care and attention you need to
have optimum health.
We can help arrest your gum
disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a
call today at (708) 599-2929.