Regular visits to your Garden City dentist for a check-up and cleaning keep your teeth and gums healthy. But that’s not all. Did you know that regular dental care can do more than prevent tooth loss? It may also save your life.
These regular dental visits allow your Garden City dentist and hygienist to monitor you for signs of periodontal (gum) disease. And that can make a big difference in your smile and your health.
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
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.
The numbers are frightening; more than 85 percent of people in the United States have some level of periodontal disease.
But there is good news. 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.
The bottom line is that it is easy to keep gum disease at bay; simply visit my Garden City 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 tip-top shape.