Long Term Health Impact of Gum Disease

Are you one of the 47% of Americans who suffer from gum disease? If so, it may be tempting to think that the disease is no big deal. After all, it doesn’t hurt (yet), right? Unfortunately, f gum disease is left untreated, it can have serious, long term health consequences. In fact, research connects oral bacteria to some serious systemic diseases including Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, blood clots, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, erectile dysfunction and even colorectal cancer. Oral bacteria can also contribute to low birth weight babies.

Research shows that our mouths act as a portal for bacteria to spread to other areas of the body through the bloodstream. The bacteria can then contribute to other inflammatory conditions. . So, fighting gum disease is more than just an issue of bad breath or red, swollen gums. It is important to fight the progression of gum disease now, so that you can enjoy long-term health.

Gum Disease Treatment Options

You may be putting off treatment of your gum disease because you fear it will be too painful and invasive. The most common gum disease treatments are scaling and root planing. Scaling teeth involves thoroughly removing all plaque (which contains bacterial toxins) from teeth and root surfaces. Root planing involves smoothing out any rough areas on the tooth surface’s roots. Smooth root surfaces were thought to help keep plaque and bacteria from reattaching under the gumline and allow gums to heal and reattach themselves more securely. Because of the concern that root planing can actually be harmful to the structure of the tooth, many dentists use the scaling technique for their first line of treatment and avoid planing. After the scaling, the challenge to maintain the clean conditions.

Comfortable and Less Invasive Treatment Option

A less invasive and more comfortable treatment option for long-term health is the Perio Tray®. The Perio Tray delivers prescription medication below your gums to address the bacterial infections before the bacteria enter your body. The tray is very similar to a mouth-guard, and can be worn at home each day for about 10-15 minutes. Brushing, flossing and rinsing simply cannot achieve the same result. This tray method is not invasive and is more comfortable than other long-term treatment options for gum disease.

For more information about gum disease treatment, contact your dentist and ask about the Perio Tray as a therapeutic option, or call 1.877.434.GUMS (4867) for more information.

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