The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth
Gum disease, more than decay, is the primary cause of lost teeth.
Since it can be completely painless in early and moderate stages,
many people don’t know they have it until they begin to lose teeth.
Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss and loose or
shifting teeth. If you’ve been told you need gum surgery, you will
be glad to know that it’s possible to control gum disease with a
variety of non-surgical methods.
Gum Disease is More than Missing
Recent medical research has caused many doctors to reach a startling
conclusion: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. Since
heart disease is usually fatal, it is clear that gum disease is a
serious matter. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out
of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any
other affliction, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be
considered an epidemic! Most dentists think it is just that. They
also knew that gum disease would never be labeled epidemic because
“no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you lose your teeth.
Not pleasant – but certainly not life threatening. But that’s all
The American Academy of Periodontology reports: “studies found
periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart
disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and
pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised
due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” Periodontal disease is
characterized by bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can
travel into the bloodstream – straight to the heart.
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Jacksonville, FL 32207
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