- Periodontal disease affects the gums and structures of the gums.
- 60% of adults surveyed are not familiar with periodontal disease and more than 80% do not know that periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
- Of those patients who say they are familiar with periodontal disease, one-third could not identify any treatments.
- Two-thirds of patients did not know that periodontal disease may be linked to other serious medical conditions.
- Gingivitis is an early state of periodontal disease where the gums may become red, swollen, and bleed easily. In a recent survey, 63% of Americans age 13 and older exhibited some gingival bleeding.
- If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, a progressive disease that can lead to further destruction of the bone and tissue supporting the teeth.
- Nearly 80% of all Americans have some form of attachment loss(gums are pulling away from the teeth).
- Warning signs of periodontal disease included the following: Red, swollen, or tender gums Bleeding, while brushing or flossing Gums that pull away from the teeth Pus between the gum and tooth Persistent bad breath or bad taste Teeth that are loose or separting Change in the way teeth fit together when you bite Change in the fit of a partial denture
- There is a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting possible links between periodontal disease and other systemic diseases such as diabetes and coronary artery disease.
- The good news is that periodontal disease is treatable, managable, and preventable. *Working closely with you and your general dentist, we will help to restore you to optimal health.
ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
Are you gums bleeding when you brush or floss?
Are your gums red or swollen?
Are any of your teeth loose?
Are there any changes in the way your teeth fit?
Are your gums receeding?
Do you have diabetes or osteoporosis?
Are you a smoker?
Does anyone in your family have periodontal disease?
If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions call 314-965-3271 or see Contact Us to schedule an evaluation appointment. We would be pleased to evaluate your periodontal health and discuss treatment options with you.