You may think that most tooth loss is from decay, but the
main reason is gum disease. Sometimes it is completely
undetected up to the point of losing your teeth. If it is
treated in the earlier stages, there are very effective
nonsurgical methods to halt the infection. If you have
bleeding gums from brushing or flossing or loose teeth, you
should make an appointment with our office so we can prevent
the loss of any teeth due to gum disease.
Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
The American Dental Association has announced that 80% of
all Americans have some stage of periodontal (gum) disease.
Dentists consider this to be an epidemic level. If it were
another disease such as tuberculosis, the general public
would be concerned about the problem. But recent medical
research has given reason for people to be more concerned
about any level of gum disease. Gum disease has now been
linked to the life-threatening conditions of heart disease,
stroke, and diabetes. The bacteria from infected gums travel
within the bloodstream to other vital organs, with a
potential effect on the state of their health.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports, “studies
found periodontal infection may contribute to the
development of heart disease, increase the risk of
premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to
people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes
and respiratory diseases.”
Now the Good News
If you wait too long to stop your gum infection, surgery
will be necessary to reverse the condition. But if treatment
begins in the earlier stages of the infection, nonsurgical
methods can be used. Both surgery and nonsurgical procedures
are covered under the majority of dental plans.
So Bad About Losing a Tooth?
Is it a big deal to lose a tooth? Well, you can’t die from
it, but missing just one tooth will allow other teeth to
shift or move. This is not good, as you will not absorb as
much nutrition from your food as with a full set of teeth.
Other problems can result as well – chewing may become more
difficult so softer, high-calorie foods may be favored that
can add unwanted weight. Your speech may not be as clear as
with a full set of teeth, and your face can take on a
“sunken” look, which makes you look older than your age.
Dental implants can replace one or many missing teeth. They
look natural and function just like a real tooth. Even a
dentist would have to look very closely to tell the
We can help arrest your
gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a
call today at (262) 567-4466.
(262) 567-4466 • 820 Summit Avenue • Oconomowoc, WI 53066