We’re the Foundation of Your Overall Health.
Our mission for promoting good health extends beyond the mouth. That’s because periodontal diseases can adversely affect overall health and life expectancy.
In fact, there is a strong link between periodontal diseases and stroke and other heart diseases, diabetes, pregnancy complications, respiratory problems, pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and more. These are all good reasons to keep your gums and your teeth healthy! Afterall, the quality of your life might depend on it.
What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is the most common chronic bacterial infection in the US population. More than 50% of Americans over 30 years of age have destructive gum disease. And it may come as a surprise that more people lose teeth to periodontal disease than to decay. Because it is typically “silent” (like high blood pressure can be) and does not hurt, people who have it are often unaware of their condition.
Gum disease begins when bacteria (germs) attach to the teeth. Without daily removal of the bacteria, the gums get red, swollen and bleed. It affects the support structures of the teeth (gums and bone) and without treatment can lead to tooth loss. Its earliest form — gingivitis — is reversible, but only with professional therapy and good home care.
When the infection advances to periodontitis, “pockets” (spaces between the gums and teeth) form. Bacteria continue to migrate into these pockets and lead the infection into the bone support of the teeth. If left untreated, gum and bone tissue are destroyed, teeth become loose and are subsequently lost. Despite this potentially scary-sounding scenario, the great news is that gum disease fortunately is treatable and preventable!
Mouth Body Connection.
Although many people think that the mouth is divorced from the rest of the body and it doesn’t matter to their overall well-being, the health of the mouth does influence general health. Did you know when you take your dog to a veterinarian for a problem, the first thing the vet examines is their mouth? To learn more about the mouth-body connections, please click on these topics: