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.
Lost Teeth are Primarily Caused by Gum Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is the main cause of tooth loss – not decay. If you have bleeding gums while flossing or brushing, loose teeth, or chronic bad breath, it is important to come in for an appointment. Gum disease can be treated with nonsurgical methods, but only if the infection hasn’t reached an advanced stage.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Serious Health Conditions
Recent medical research indicates the bacterial infection in gums can have an effect on serious health conditions like high cholesterol and blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Poor dental hygiene allows bacteria and plaque to build up on teeth and below the gum line, causing development of infection. The bacteria gets into the bloodstream and causes 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.”
There Is Good News!
Periodontal (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.
One of the ways we can help you avoid surgical treatment for your gum disease is bacterial decontamination with our special laser. The doctor traces the laser along the gum line. The laser kills the “bad” bacteria, arresting your gum disease progress without an invasive surgical procedure.
Is Losing a Tooth Really that Bad?
Some people may think losing a tooth isn’t a big deal. But they don’t realize the effect even one missing tooth has on other tooth roots, jaw bones, and the movement of other teeth. It can also affect your ability to chew and obtain nutrients from your food. If chewing becomes difficult, often soft, high-calorie foods are favored, which results in weight gain. The shape and size of your mouth and jaw bones will start to diminish, which will give you a sunken appearance that makes you look older than you are. Slurred speech may be embarrassing. So there are many reasons to prevent the loss of teeth. If you do have a missing tooth, today’s dental technology provides dental implants as the best replacement option. They look and function just like a real tooth and give you a complete, solid, and healthy smile.