Unfortunately, periodontal (gum) disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile and bad breath-it can cause loss of teeth and eventually, if left untreated, serious health problems. In fact, poor oral health has been linked with heart disease, stroke, adverse pregnancy outcomes, diabetes, several types of cancer, and bacterial pneumonia. 1
Called gingivitis in its early stages, periodontal disease is caused by excessive toxic bacteria found in plaque and tartar that builds up at and under your gum line. The bacteria cause the bone supporting your teeth to dissolve away. Teeth can become loose and eventually are lost. Early warning signs of the disease include red, swollen, bleeding gums.
If caught early, we can help you reverse the damage or, if detected late, we have several treatment options to prevent further destruction and restore your mouth to a healthy, beautiful state.
Contact Dr. Harman and Dr. Hawley’s Emporia dental office with all your questions and concerns about Periodontics and Gum Disease.
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 The oral-systemic disease connection
Barnett, Michael L.
The Journal of the American Dental Association , Volume 137 , S5 – S6