Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Silent But Deadly

You could have periodontitis or a gum infection, and not even know it. Just because you're not in pain, don't be fooled! Gums show little sign of disease before the infection is well advanced. By the time you have any discomfort, there may already be extensive damage to your tissue and the bone that holds your teeth in your jaws. If it gets to this point, the teeth will become loose and eventually fall out because there is nothing to hold them in place.

So how do you know if you have periodontitis? Bleeding gums is the most common sign of the disease. While this may be common, it is definitely not normal. These represent a possible route of entry for oral bacteria into your bloodstream and heart. Poor dental hygiene has been shown to contribute to osteoporosis, insulin senstivity, kidney disease, respiratory infection, low birth weight, diabetes, and weakened immune system. These proven health risks make prevention more important than ever. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and can be prevented from worsening or even reversed with regular six-month dental checkups to the office. If your case is more severe, we recommend more frequent cleanings (every three months). Don't wait for pain, act now.