- June 3, 2014
Williamsport LANAP provider Dr. David DiGiallorenzo explains why comprehensive periodontal evaluations are part of a good oral health routine.
You see your general dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and checkups. That puts you in good shape in terms of oral health, right? Not always.
About 65 million Americans have periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More Americans suffer from periodontal disease than diabetes. To make matters worse, periodontal disease often is undetected until it reaches advanced stages. By then, it usually has progressed to the point that damage has been done.
You can help avoid falling into this trap by having a comprehensive periodontal evaluation performed annually by a periodontist. We look at six areas during this evaluation:
- Bone structure
- Risk factors
Research shows a connection between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases and even cancer, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Because of that, it’s important to treat the inflammation that causes periodontal disease as soon as possible to ensure that your entire body stays healthy.
Periodontal disease is no laughing matter. If you have any of the following risk factors, it is particularly important to have this annual evaluation:
- Age- the older you are, the more likely you are to develop periodontal disease.
- Use of tobacco products- tobacco use is among the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease.
- Genetics- some people simply are prone to periodontal disease, even when they practice good dental hygiene.
- Stress- stress can make it tougher for your body to fight infection.
- Medications- some drugs affect oral health by causing dry mouth and other conditions.
- Teeth clenching or grinding- this can cause excess force on your teeth’s supporting tissues.
- Poor nutrition/obesity- a diet that lacks the proper nutrients can make it more difficult for your body to fight infections. Some research has shown that obesity can increase your risk of getting periodontal disease.
Please call our office today if you’re ready to take charge of your oral health. We will schedule an evaluation and develop a treatment plan if necessary to make sure your teeth and gums remain healthy for life.