Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only 3 out of 100 will ever get treated before its too late.
Gum Disease is a silent, chronic, painless and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ignored. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and traditional treatment can hurt.
The latest conservative gum therapy uses a laser. The laser gently disinfects and evaporates diseased tissues from around the tooth and inside the gum pocket. This treatment interrupts the bacterial destruction of the tissues and bone, giving the gum pocket a chance to heal. Systematic repeated visits, generally 2-8, allow the gum pocket to be disease-free and sometimes allow tissues to reattach to the pocket to a normal or near-normal depth. This new laser therapy is gentle, less painful, and has a quick recovery. While surgery may still be indicated for severely advanced periodontal cases, laser therapy is a much more conservative, effective and comfortable option for beginning to moderate periodontal cases.
Periodontal disease can often catch people by surprise and has been titled as the ‘silent disease’.
This is the case as sufferers will often not experience any pain or notice their symptoms until the advanced stages of the disease.
Recognising the signs of periodontitis early allows for a higher likelihood of treatment success and prevention of tooth loss.
Take a moment to ask yourself some of the following questions:
1 – Do your gums bleed when you brush?
2 – Do they really bleed when you floss?
3 - Are your gums red, swollen or tender?
4 – Do you wake with blood on you pillow?
5 – Do you have increasing spaces between your teeth?
6 – Does your partial denture no longer fit as snugly as it used to?
7 – Do you smell an odour?
8 – Do you taste a bitterness in your mouth?
9 – When you squeeze your gums (you can do this by gently pressing on the outside of your gum) do they taste bitter or ooze?
10 – Do you have sores in your mouth?
11 – Are your gums receding? Have they pulled away from your teeth?
If you answered ‘YES’ to 3 or more of these questions then you should be certain to make an appointment with your gum disease specialist.
By visiting our periodontist Dr. Daniel Moazenia and Dr. Marc Liechtung, you can benefit from the advanced experience and specialist attention that comes from our periodontal treatment plans that can treat for gum and advanced periodontal disease.
Research has shown, and experts agree, that there is an association between periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies suggest periodontal disease can increase your risk of:
Untreated periodontal disease also worsens:
A study of stroke victims indicates that advanced gum disease can increase the risk of stroke by over 50% in adults aged 25 to 54.
Many studies indicate a link between gum disease and heart disease. Particular studies also indicate the risk of fatal heart disease is twice as high for individuals with severe gum disease.
New evidence also suggests that pregnant women with severe gum disease are seven times more likely to have a premature baby. This is the case as gum disease can lead to accelerated production of hormones that trigger premature birth. In addition, Scientists generally believe that the toxins reach the placenta and can disrupt foetal development.
Why is this the case?
Experts can’t say for certain, but they believe that oral bacteria can escape into the bloodstream and injure major organs.
One theory is that ‘inflammation’ may be the link. Periodontal disease is caused by inflammation and it is believed it may increase inflammation around the body (with inflammation being the underlying problem in diseases such as heart disease).
If you have periodontal disease and are worried about your health and your gums then call us on 914-632-8744.