Is Advanced Gum disease causing you health problems?

| April 29, 2009

Scientific Research suggests that advanced gum disease(periodontal disease) may be linked to Diabetes, Cardiovascular Problems and Pre-Term birth.  In addition it causes bad breath and if left untreated can be a leading cause of tooth loss and does anyone really want to go around with stinky breath and/or no teeth when there is a simple solution… visiting your dentist on a regular basis.

The early stage of gum disease is gingivitis which affects a majority of all adult Americans at some point in their lives, and most aren’t even aware of it. Gingivitis, while common, may progress to a more serious condition, periodontal disease.  Yes it’s a disease but it is a disease that can be controlled with more frequently professional tooth cleanings at your dentist.  Typically 3 – 4 times per year until it’s under control.

Studies show that periodontal disease, if left untreated, over time can affect the health of your entire body.  Periodontal disease is a serious gum infection that has been shown to weaken the teeth’s support system which over time can cause tooth loss.

A less medically serious but more socially serious side effect of periodontal disease is Bad Breath.  In fact, poor oral hygiene and gum disease are the primary causes of chronic bad breath.