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Gum Health - Boynton Beach Dentist
Don't let gum disease jeopardize your health, your smile, or your social life!
Your gums and supporting bone are the foundation of your smile.
The most common reason for tooth loss today is periodontal (gum) disease. It is estimated that 80 percent of the adult population has some level of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontal disease. Treatment can stop the progression of gum disease.
Gum disease is a silent killer of teeth (and perhaps more), as it is usually not painful. And, it's usually hidden from sight. It is an infection in your mouth. And, that's not good.
There are signs and symptoms you may be aware of including:
This insidious disease can wreak havoc on your social and professional life. It can cause receding gums and eventually tooth loss. We decided not to gross you out with photos in this topic!
Sounds a bit silly or far-fetched, doesn't it? However, recent medical research is revealing some startling news about gum disease. It appears that heart attacks, strokes, premature birth, and even cancer may be more related to chronic inflammation in the body than the usual suspects. The most common source of chronic inflammation in the human body is, you guessed it: Gum Disease! Does this mean that gum disease causes these medical issues? So far, the answer is no. Even if there is a "correlation," it doesn't mean there is "causation."
(Click on the links below to learn more about these new discoveries.)
The newly suspected relationship between gum disease and heart disease and strokes is still being studied, but we expect to hear more and more about it.
Other studies have linked gum disease with low birth weight babies.
Again, we cannot yet say that gum disease causes any of these "systemic" medical problems. Of course, more study is needed, but I believe we'll be hearing more about these relationships in years to come.
An infection anywhere in your body is not a good thing and needs to be treated. The mouth is no different.
Here is a more recent news story about the relationship between Gum Disease and heart disease (and diabetes):
The easiest thing to do is to PREVENT gum disease with good home care and regular preventive professional care. However, when gum disease is present, the sooner it's treated, the better.
Non-surgical gum treatment is offered at Palm Beach Smiles in Boynton Beach. Oftentimes a thorough cleaning of the roots of your teeth (while you're completely numb) will yield remarkable improvements. After initial treatment, more frequent cleanings may be recommended: every 3 - 4 months rather than every 6 months.
For the most advanced cases, referral to a Periodontist (gum specialist) may be indicated.
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