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This may surprise you but nearly 75% of Americans have some type of periodontal or gum disease.  While many individuals know about the importance of preventing cavities, they rarely get concerned about the health of their gums.  The reality is that a person’s gums are just as important as their teeth where their smile is concerned.  It’s a widely known fact gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss.  Fortunately, there are several types of periodontal therapy that are very effective.

Why is Gum Health so important?

Approximately 40% of all American adults are unaware of the dangers of periodontal disease and the threat it poses to their overall health.  Although it’s important to keep your teeth in pristine condition, taking care of your gums is crucial as well.  There are 3 reasons why gum health is so important:

  • Heart health often depends on gum health – according to a study conducted by Harvard Medical School, the health of your heart can be negatively affected by poor oral health care habits. When plaque-causing bacteria enter the bloodstream, it causes inflammation of the blood vessels and tiny blood clots.  This can put a person at risk of more serious health issues such as heart attacks and strokes.
  • Periodontal disease often leads to tooth loss – tooth loss is commonly attributed to your age and genetics. However, the real culprit is periodontal disease.  When your gums get infected, they start to recede and can leave pockets between your teeth and gum line.  As a result, disease-causing bacteria build up and adversely affect the bone of the teeth and supporting tissues which can lead to tooth loss.
  • Periodontitis often results when you neglect your gum health – gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. At this point, only your gums are affected.  However, if the condition is left untreated, it will lead to periodontitis.  This happens when it spreads to the underlying bone and causes the gums to become inflamed and infected.  In order to restore your smile, you’ll need periodontal therapy.

Now that you are aware of the reasons to have good oral health, periodontal therapy can improve the health of your gums and help prevent tooth loss in the process.  Periodontal disease doesn’t have to result in tooth loss.  With effective treatment, good oral hygiene, and regular care at home, you can enjoy your smile for years to come.  If you suspect you may have periodontal disease or the beginnings of it, don’t neglect it.  It becomes essential to consult with an expert to ensure you get the necessary treatment and dental assistance. Don’t wait, but pick up that phone and call Dr. Tamara Rojas at (954) 963-4700 today.