Gum Disease

The Most Common Dangerous Disease to Mankind


What is this disease?

  • 80% of the U.S. population will develop gum disease
  • Without treatment gum disease worsens
  • Insurance statistics identify that less than 5% receive treatment

Why is gum disease so important?

  • Your risk for developing: heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other life threatening diseases increases
  • Bacteria from the mouth are carried from the bloodstream to the body. This can infect the
    heart’s arteries and  increase your risk of having a heart attack.
  • Heart attack victims have higher numbers of periodontal bacteria
  • People with deep periodontal pockets are at increased risk for abnormal electrocardiograph (ECG) results

What are some of the signs of gum disease?

  • Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from your teeth
  • Loose or moving teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together as you bite

What are some risk factors for gum disease?

  • Smoking
  • Hormonal changes in girls/women
  • Diabetes
  • Many illnesses, especially autoimmune
  • Medications (80% of medications prescribed cause dry mouth)
  • Genetic susceptibility

What can I do to improve my oral health and ultimately my overall health?

  • Regular oral hygiene care on a daily basis
  • Regular comprehensive periodontal exams
  • Regular visits to dentist as recommended for continuing care at 3, 4 or 6 months intervals
  • Balanced nutrition