Nearly 75% of all Americans have some form of periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. This pervasive problem for our population is caused by inflammation of the gums due to infrequent or inadequate dental hygiene. Gum disease is important to identify and treat quickly due to increasing and overwhelming evidence that it is linked to other, more serious conditions, there like diabetes and some forms of cancer. At Cottonwood Dental one of our specialties is identifying and treating periodontal disease, in order to create holistic health among our patients.
The stages of periodontal disease are often painless and considered “not a big deal,” though the repercussions can be quite serious. In addition to contributing to serious whole-body diseases, periodontal disease also effects the bone structures that support teeth, causing tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. While Dr. Giacquinto and his staff at Cottonwood Dental are able to create flawless denture sets and stunning veneers, maintaining your dental health through vigilant, everyday care, is the best way to prevent periodontal disease and maintain a high degree of overall health.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to create and stick to a sound, daily dental regimen. Teeth should be brushed at a minimum of twice daily, but ideally after every single meal. In addition to multiple brushings daily, the importance of flossing cannot be overstated. Flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease. In addition to daily care, you should visit your dentist twice a year. If you’re about due for a teeth cleaning, set up an exam at Cottonwood Dental.
Theories abound on the relationship between gum disease and other health conditions. Some believe that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, contributing to clot formation and possible heart attack or stroke. The breakdown of bone in the mouth can create osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw area, and the risk of diabetes and some cancers are thought to be increased when a patient suffers from periodontal disease.
Don’t take risks with your health! Visit the skilled staff at Cottonwood Dental for a check-up and to assess your dental habits.