Gum Disease Can Kill You

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Periodontists refer to a number of inflammatory diseases affecting the periodontium, the tissues that surround and support the teeth.  Periodontitis can result in a loss of bone around the tooth and in the loosening and possible loss of teeth.

What causes periodontitis, also known as gum disease?  Infection is the most common cause.  Poor dentition- the makeup and arrangement of teeth in the mouth-can result in excess bacterial overgrowth in the periodontal tissue.  This can cause the body's immune system to respond and to fight these bacteria.

Up to half of the adult population of the United States suffers from some degree of gum disease, according to estimates.

Some signs include:  bleeding of the gums while brushing, redness or swelling of the gums, bad breath, recession of the gum lining, and loose teeth.

Gum disease frequently is not painful; however, many patients feel some discomfort drinking or eating hot or cold items. 

What's the big deal?  Well it CAN KILL YOU!  It is well known and accepted that bacteria from gum disease can travel through the bloodstream and can lodge in an organ, creating focus of infection-an abscess.  Furthermore, it is known that these bacteria can attach to the heart or heart valves, creating a serious condition known as bacterial endocarditis, which can kill you.  Gum disease also has been linked to low birth weight babies, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.

To make sure you are doing everything in your power to avoid gum disease be sure to schedule your regular preventative check ups with our extremely skilled and talented hygienists and maintain your oral health care at home in between visits.

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