Gum (periodontal) disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among U.S. adults today.
Around 64.7 million adults in the United States suffer from some degree of periodontitis.
Patients having Type II Diabetes are three times as likely to develop advanced gum disease.
Affecting Millions, Gum Disease Poses Serious Risk to Oral and Systemic Health
Often noted as “the silent enemy,” gum (periodontal) disease is a prevalent oral condition with the potential to wreak havoc on your mouth and body. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria residing below the gum line. These bacteria emit toxins, leading the body to destroy bone surrounding the teeth. Jaw bone loss, tooth loss and increased risk of heart attacks are just some of the potential effects of untreated gum disease.
Is Your Smile at Risk?
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Do you have frequent bad breath? These symptoms are never normal, and are classic signs of gum disease. Regular dental care and periodontal screenings help identify gum problems early on, minimizing chronic bone loss along with the subsequent need for a tooth extraction and replacement with a dental implant.
Any of the following gum disease symptoms should be evaluated promptly:
Red, tender or puffy gums
Pus around gums
Changes in bite
A Healthy Mouth Fosters a Healthy Body
At Lakeland Periodontics and Implant Surgery, our skilled, experienced specialists continue to deliver the high standard of care and commitment to oral health for which we are known. We tailor treatment to meet your unique needs, offering osseous surgery and laser gum therapy [link to laser page] to treat active gum disease and halt its progression.
Treating gum disease now helps reduce the risk of systemic effects linked to this damaging condition. Such effects include:
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Respiratory illnesses
- Certain cancers