Gum disease (periodontal disease) is very common. Studies show that close to 80% of U.S. adults have some form of the disease.

Gum disease is a silent, persistent bacterial infection around the gums and the bone that support your teeth. When gum disease is present, bacteria enter the bloodstream during normal brushing and chewing and the oral bacteria and their toxins are carried throughout the body. Long lasting gum disease can cause tooth loss and damage the Immune system.

We have known for years that active gum disease has been directly linked to heart disease. Now research is providing that active gum disease is a leading indicator (increasing risk) for other diseases. Heart disease, uncontrolled diabetes, oral cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, severe osteopenia, respiratory infections, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and other cancers have been linked to gum disease.

With the negative perception of our economy, many have put their hygiene and dental visits on low priority. This has resulted in an increased number of emergency visits and costly dental procedures that could have been avoided with early detection. In addition, when you consider the correlation between gum disease and other serious diseases, it is clear that avoiding your regular dental care may not only cost you more money…it can cost you your overall health and well-being. Regular dental visits may save your life!