Protect Your Gums from Periodontal Disease

Unhealthy gums are a major warning to problems ahead and the possibility of future tooth loss. This can also be an indication of the potential for stroke and heart disease. Gum disease is usually caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, gums become irritated and inflamed. The irritated gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. Bacteria move into the pockets where they continue to promote irritation. Left untreated, the process can continue until the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues are destroyed. The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It often results in gums that are red and swollen and may bleed easily.

It is important to treat gum disease at an early stage in order to save your gums and teeth but (as research studies have shown) to reduce the risk of other serious systemic diseases including:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Heart Disease
  3. Respiratory Disease
  4. Blood Clots and Strokes
  5. Preterm and Low Birth Weight Babies
  6. Alzheimer’s Disease

Fortunately, we can stop this infection quickly and easily with laser therapy. It gently removes infected gum tissue and actually vaporizes the bacteria causing the infection… very high-tech and very effective. Treating ‘perio’ is one of the most important things you can do for yourself [and your family]. We take it seriously, and so should you.

To schedule an appointment, please contact my office.

~ by cupertinodentist on November 3, 2008.

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