Whoopi Goldberg (from The View television show) speaks about how gum disease has had a profound effect on her. Watch as she talks about all of the negative implications to gum disease and how it affects her overall health and life:
Did you know that 80 percent of the adult population has some level of gum disease, which can range from mild gingivitis to advanced gum disease and tooth loss? Your gums are like the foundation of your home. When it is deteriorating, the home will be affected and fall apart soon enough!
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
Only your dentist can properly diagnose gum disease. It is often a silent killer similar to diabetes and heart disease. Just like those life debilitating diseases, they can often be causing harm to your body for years without any pain. However, some signs that you may notice are:
- bad breath even after you brush your teeth
- swollen, puffy gums
- red or bleeding gums when you floss
- loose teeth
Can Gum Disease Kill People?
Recent studies have shown that gum disease is linked to:
- heart disease
- low birth weight babies
- some cancers (specifically pancreatic)
Floss or Die?
Even I thought this sounded a little crazy when I read it. However, current research in the medical community is showing some shocking new information regarding gum disease. It is being linked to heart attacks, strokes, premature birth, and possibly cancer through the chronic inflammation process that occurs with gum disease.
Gum Disease is actually the most widespread cause of chronic inflammation in the body! Click on the links below to learn more about these new findings:
Naturally, more study is needed, but I trust that these relationships will be discussed for years to come.
Gum Disease Treatment in Our Sonora Office
Dr Midei and his experienced hygienist will do a thorough examination to assess the proper treatment. This can range from a non-surgical deep cleaning to gum surgery and tooth removal. The sooner you get treatment, the more options you may have and the more teeth you can keep!
PREVENTING gum disease starts with great home care and regular preventative visits to the dentist. Non-surgical gum treatment is an option at Sonora General Dentistry & Braces. Frequently, a meticulous cleaning of your roots will lead to great improvements. Occasionally, antibiotic therapy may be suggested for direct placement on the affected areas.
Studies show that after a deep cleaning, it takes about 90 days for the bacteria to invade the root surface again. Therefore, professional cleanings take place every 3-4 months rather than the common 6 month mark in the disease free mouth.
Occasionally, referral to a gum specialist is needed in the most advanced cases.