You know that regular visits to your Lewisburg dentist for check-ups and cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy. But did you know that periodontal care can do more than prevent tooth loss? It may also save your life.
Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Periodontology report that periodontal disease can lead to an increased risk of:
- Heart Disease
- Certain Cancers (including pancreatic cancer)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Difficulty controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes
- Premature Birth
- Low Birth-Weight Babies
- and more
Do you have periodontal disease? You may. More than 85 percent of people in the United States have some level of gum disease. Symptoms of periodontal disease include swollen gums, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, loose teeth, receding gum line and halitosis. But sometimes there aren’t any symptoms at all.
Periodontal disease is treatable, and in many cases, even reversible. With modern technology and advanced periodontal therapy, including ultrasonic scalers, dental lasers and antibiotics, gum treatment is more gentle, comfortable and effective than ever before.
Regular checkups and cleanings are your best defense. Just visit my Lewisburg dental practice for regular check-ups and cleanings. Brush and floss daily at home and use an oral irrigator. You’ll keep your smile and your health in good shape.