Stages Of Gum Disease

Did you know that an estimated 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease?  Are you aware that gum disease not only creates otherwise avoidable dental problems, but also increases risk of health complications including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature births/ low birth-weight?

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Dangers of Gum Disease

At any given time your mouth contains millions of germs and bacteria.  Gum disease creates open wounds in your mouth that offer a direct pathway for these germs and bacteria to enter your bloodstream. From there, they can relocate to other parts of your body, posing a variety of health risks.


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Diabetes
The relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease is significant and complex. Studies show that these conditions interact in a two-way relationship; each disease is linked to higher risk of complications in the other. Diabetes has been shown to increase a patient’s susceptibility to developing gum disease and advancing disease progression.


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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
The benefits of proper oral hygiene and care of your mouth and gums extend far beyond that sparkling smile.  A healthy mouth directly contributes to maintaining a healthy body! Good oral health that is free of inflammation and infections has recently been linked to reducing risk factors for other health problems including pancreatic cancer and heart disease.

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Heart Disease

The link connecting gum disease and heart disease has been recognized for decades; however, until recently, little was understood about this connection. Because the diseases share many common risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure, it is difficult to confirm a relationship independent of these factors.

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is one of the leading causes of bone fracture in men and women over the age of 65.  It is estimated that 40 million people are either already suffering from osteoporosis or are at risk to develop it. Recent research links osteoporosis to bone loss in the jaw, resulting in the potential loosening or loss of teeth.

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Low birth weight and premature babies

A healthy pregnancy depends upon a healthy mom-to-be.  During pregnancy, eliminating habits like smoking and drinking, following a healthy diet, and seeking prenatal care are widely accepted measures to ensure your baby’s health.  What some women may not know is that periodontal health also plays a key role in a healthy pregnancy.

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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is currently the 4th most prominent cancer in the U.S, with an estimated 30,000 people dying from it this year alone.  Current understanding of the causes and mechanisms behind pancreatic cancer is minimal and there are few treatment options available.  Pancreatic cancer can grow for considerable time without presenting identifiable symptoms.

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Stroke

Suffering a stroke is one of the leading causes of death among older Americans. It is estimated that in the United States, 1 person suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women over the age of 45 will have a stroke. With these odds, any steps in reducing your risk of stroke can be vital, even life saving.

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Tooth and Bone Loss

Losing a tooth or several teeth can result from a variety of problems.  Injury, birth defects, or decay can all lead to tooth loss. Tooth loss or removal can also cause additional dental complications and overall health concerns.

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