Gum Disease (Periodontal) Therapy
Keeping Eastchester Smiles – and Bodies Healthy
Your gums don’t just hold your teeth in place. They are an essential part of your body – a mucous membrane that can protect your health or allow bacteria to enter your blood stream.
When gum disease is present, the bacteria associated with it travel through your system, causing a variety of serious health problems.
What Are the Risks Associated with Gum Disease?
More than 85 percent of people have some level of periodontal or gum disease threatening their smiles and their health. Those statistics are nothing to sneeze at. Gum disease has been linked to all kinds of health issues, many of them very serious or even deadly. The bacteria that are produced when gum disease is present travels through your blood stream causing an inflammatory response that can lead to:
- heart attacks
- joint replacement issues
- pregnancy complications
- lung disease
- immune system problems
…and the list goes on. Pancreatic cancer has been at the top of the list with a 63 percent risk increase, and is probably the most deadly of the cancers associated with gum disease. But there are also increased risks for everything from tongue cancer and kidney cancer to lung cancer! Gum disease is not something you can ignore until it goes away. Ignore it, and you may be risking your life!
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
Don’t panic! As frightening as it all sounds, gum disease is easy to catch when you maintain a regular oral hygiene schedule. It is also relatively easy to treat if caught early. We start with a thorough exam and by developing a plan of treatment. Then we clear away all the buildup and bacteria under your gums and follow up by placing Arestin, a powerful antibiotic, in the pockets of inflamed gum tissue to help them heal. Sometimes we prescribe an oral antibiotic to fight systemic infections that have resulted from gum disease.