Did you know that 65 million Americans (roughly half of all adults in the US), have some form of gum (periodontal) disease?
That is an astounding statistic, especially since oral health significantly affects overall health. It is linked with diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic diseases.
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth (the periodontium) form the foundation for healthy teeth. If compromised, it jeopardizes the teeth just like a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house.
Signs of periodontal disease are:
Red gums that bleed easily
Persistent bad breath
Teeth that are changing in position
With proper treatment it is possible to return the gums to a healthier state. Which can prevent the overall impact of periodontal disease on your health.
Treatments typically include a deep cleaning done under local anesthetic. In severe cases, periodontal surgery or extractions could be required. Early detection of periodontal disease can help prevent long-term complications and treatments.