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Periodontal Disease and Your Oral Health

  • July 20, 2012

More than once on this blog we’ve mentioned how dedicated Dr. DiGiallorenzo is the total health of his Philadelphia area patients. But that commitment isn’t just limited to nutritional advice or metal free dental implants—it’s also a big part of why regular dental exams and cleanings are so important. As The Wall Street Journal reported last year, an oral health concern as common as periodontal disease shares a strong connection with overall wellbeing. Medical conditions as diverse as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, and pregnancy complications, among others, have all been tied to periodontal disease.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Also known as gum disease or gingivitis, periodontal disease is an infection caused by the buildup of harmful bacteria and plaque. In its earliest stages, the symptoms of periodontal disease may only include red or sensitive gums, but if left untreated can become much more serious.

One way it does this is by breaking down the gum tissue surrounding teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria and plaque can use these pockets to enter the bloodstream, potentially resulting in one of these more serious health problems.

Effective Treatment for Periodontal Disease

At Dr. DiGiallorenzo, we offer effective therapies to help our Philadelphia-area patients manage or overcome the symptoms of periodontal disease. Our treatment options include laser therapy, antibacterial therapy, and nutritional therapy, among others.

To find out more about the effective periodontal therapies we offer, visit the treatment page on our website, or give one of our offices a call. Dr. DiGiallorenzo has offices in Collegeville and Williamsport and serves patients from all around the Philadelphia area with great general, cosmetic, and restorative services.