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Do You Have Gum Disease?
By contactus@mydowntowndentalcare.com
May 22, 2013
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Do You Have Gum Disease?

It is important for your health that you know.

Periodontal (gum) disease is recognizable through specific symptoms: bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, redness, tenderness and swelling, receding gums, pus between teeth, painful chewing, halitosis and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

 The following are  contributing factors: smoking, smokeless tobacco, alcohol, food impaction, badly aligned teeth, poorly fitting dental work such as crowns or fillings, unbalanced diet, hormone changes (especially during pregnancy) and the most unfortunate aspect about periodontal disease is that it rarely hurts until it is in its final stages.  That is why it is often called the silent killer. It can be asymptomatic for years before its ravages are felt. This is why it is the number one cause of tooth loss in 75 percent of all Americans.  According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, individuals with untreated gum disease have a 23-46 percent higher mortality rate. While we don’t have the direct cause of gum disease to death, it’s not surprising that having a chronic infection, which gum disease is, would take a toll on your health.

The mouth is one part of the body that needs maintenance.. If periodontitis (gum disease) is diagnosed and treated, we recommend timely maintenance visits, the frequency of which will depend on severity of the condition and treatment methods.

In addition to brushing and flossing, some patients may need additional care through oral rinses, proxibrushes or oral irrigators. Cessation of smoking or tobacco products and limited alcohol intake are extremely beneficial for long-term health.  If a patient is medically compromised, is on multiple medications, or suffers from dry mouth, more frequent visits may be recommended. These are basically the high-risk groups.

If you or someone you know may be at risk for gum disease – call today for your appointment – 561-623-9935 or request an appointment online at www.mydowntowndentalcare.com. 

 

Do You Have Gum Disease?

It is important for your health that you know.

Periodontal (gum) disease is recognizable through specific symptoms: bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, redness, tenderness and swelling, receding gums, pus between teeth, painful chewing, halitosis (bad breath) and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.

 The following are  contributing factors: smoking, smokeless tobacco, alcohol, food impaction, badly aligned teeth, poorly fitting dental work such as crowns or fillings, unbalanced diet, hormone changes (especially during pregnancy) and the most unfortunate aspect about periodontal disease is that it rarely hurts until it is in its final stages.  That is why it is often called the silent killer. It can be asymptomatic for years before its ravages are felt. This is why it is the number one cause of tooth loss in 75 percent of all Americans.  According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, individuals with untreated gum disease have a 23-46 percent higher mortality rate. While we don’t have the direct cause of gum diseaseto death, it’s not surprising that having a chronic infection, which gum disease is, would take a toll on your health.

The mouth is one part of the body that needs maintenance.. If periodontitis (gum disease) is diagnosed and treated, we recommend timely maintenance visits, the frequency of which will depend on severity of the condition and treatment methods.

In addition to brushing and flossing, some patients may need additional care through oral rinses, proxibrushes or oral irrigators. Cessation of smoking or tobacco products and limited alcohol intake are extremely beneficial for long-term health.  If a patient is medically compromised, is on multiple medications, or suffers from dry mouth, more frequent visits may be recommended. These are basically the high-risk groups.

If you or someone you know may be at risk for gum disease – call today for your appointment – 561-623-9935 or request an appointment online at www.mydowntowndentalcare.com

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