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The Far-Reaching Effects of Gum Disease

  • September 16, 2016

There is a problem out there that is bigger than the flu, and it might be happening in your mouth right now. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a widespread issue in this country and across the world.

Today I want to share with you how gum disease can destroy your mouth and then affect the rest of your body. When you visit the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, we make sure you know about the dangers of gum disease. We also have state-of-the-art treatments to give you great, beautiful results.

Gum disease is everywhere. Gum disease is not a problem isolated to a certain age group or even gender. Men are more likely to have gum disease, but women are also at a higher risk during different stages of their life. Overall, about 75 percent of people will struggle with gum disease in their lives.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease occurs when there is an infection present in the gums. Gum disease is a problem that can develop quickly and spread throughout the mouth. Gum disease begins with simple bleeding and swollen gums. In its more advanced stages, gum disease will cause the teeth and gums to pull apart. The infection can also cause the jawbone around the tooth’s socket to recede. This is the stage when teeth begin to fail.

Gum disease is not curable. The earliest stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, can be reversed. This usually happens when the gums begin to swell or bleed. Unfortunately, the more advanced stages of gum disease are not curable. When a patient is struggling from severe gum disease, periodontitis, they’ll need constant oral care. We recommend that patients with gum disease visit our office about once every three to four months.

Gum disease is related to other overall health issues. Gum disease is not a problem that is isolated to the mouth. We once thought that periodontitis just affected your teeth, but our knowledge of periodontitis has changed over the past 20 years. Researchers have shown that periodontitis can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and even low birth weights. Researchers suggests that inflammation is the key connection in these problems.  

There is More Than One Way to Restore Your Gums

You now know that gum disease is an overall health issue that a majority of people will struggle with it. So how do we restore your gums? The conventional way to treat gum disease is by cutting and stitching the gums. That method is extremely invasive and can take an extremely long recovery time. When you’re cutting on gums, the outcome is somewhat unpredictable.

Luckily, there’s a better way to restore your gums. We don’t have to cut your gums in our office. We use state-of-the-art lasers to evaporate the infection in the gums. The laser treatment is known as a gum regenerative treatment, and it takes only one issue to complete. We focus only on the infected gums and leave the healthy gums alone. Using laser gum therapy, we can treat the area again as needed, and the gums and teeth with naturally re-attach.

I hope you realize that gum disease is a widespread issue that can derail your oral health and overall health. We have an all-in-one dental office that provides tooth replacement options and state-of-the-art gum surgery. Most dental offices require you to visit specialists to resolve your gum issues. We can do all of this in one location at either our Collegeville (610-228-4366) or Williamsport (570-505-6908dental offices.