Gum Disease

Gum or periodontal diseases are the most common diseases in humans. 75% of adults over 35 years of age have one or both of these diseases.

There are over 500 different bacteria types that can infect the pocket or crevice that exists between your gum and your teeth. These bacteria produce toxins that are harmful to your health and gums.

Health Effects Beyond The Mouth

Gum and periodontal disease are infectious diseases that are a significant 'systemic challenge' or 'biologic load' on your system. You can become infected with periodontal bacteria from another family member who has had or has the disease.

Periodontal disease may be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and heart attack. It's thought that gum and periodontal disease causing bacteria breaks down the gum seal to the tooth and allows the bacteria to invade your bloodstream. The bacteria then promote blood clots as well as narrowing and hardening of your arteries that cause heart attacks. By having periodontal scaling and root treatments every 3 to 6 months (depending on the condition and depth of your gum pockets), the protective seal is preserved, and the bacterial numbers are kept down.

Gum and periodontal disease is definitely a significant risk factor for premature birth and low birth weight babies. This risk is higher than smoking or drinking alcohol through pregnancy. This indicates the significance of this chronic, low-grade infection and its effects on your body and its immune system

Fighting Back Against Bacteria

Although many different antibiotic treatments have been studied along with other drugs, rinses and surgical treatments, the most effective treatment for gum and periodontal disease remains periodontal scaling and root planning.

This is essentially a deep, under the gum-line cleaning that takes more time, skill and care than a traditional cleaning and polishing. This treatment provided frequently enough so that gum pocket depths remain stable and inflammation of the gums are controlled is considered the 'gold standard' of treatments.

Even other drug and surgical treatments that have been shown to be helpful are only beneficial if combined with periodontal scaling and root planning treatments at frequent, regular intervals.

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