Periodontal Disease.The Fight Goes On
Statistics show that dentists are winning the battle against periodontal disease. Americans were able to keep more of their teeth in 1990 than 1980 and the trend continues this decade. But the war is not over. Fifteen percent of American adults still suffer from advanced periodontitis (gum disease) and many adults over the age of 60 have lost all of their teeth. Recognize these warning signs:
- Gums that are red, swollen or bleed easily;
- Persistent bad breath;
- Loss of or separating of permanent teeth;
- With regular check-ups, you and your dentist can combat periodontitis, keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
Gum Disease and Poor Health. Is there a Link?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), there certainly is a link. The bacteria produced in your mouth from gum disease contributes to many serious health conditions. When inhaled into the lungs, oral bacteria can cause pneumonia in the blood streams. The bacteria can cause serious infections, leading to the formation of blood clots, thus increasing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Even pregnant women need to be cautious of gum disease due to increase premature labor. Be aware of the connection between your oral health and your overall health. When you brush, floss and see your dentist regularly, you can break the chain reaction of harmful effects caused by gum disease.
Reversing Tooth Decay
Did you know that the standard of care in treating tooth decay today is not drill and fill, but rather tooth re-mineralization? What does this mean? It means that technology and newer techniques exist that allow for reversal of tooth decay when it is caught early enough. The traditional approach of drill and fill often leads to over-treatment and a lifetime of replacement dentistry leading to significant care and financial cost. Learn how to properly reverse this infectious disease called "caries" or "tooth decay."
Dr. Mark Cruz offers the latest treatments in fighting periodontal diseases. You can win the war when you are in Dr. Cruz's knowledgeable hands.