Preventive Dental Care Traverse City MI

Gum Health

Gum Disease Leads to Lost TeethGum Disease Treatment Traverse City MI

Many people assume that tooth loss is due to decay. But gum disease is the real primary cause. The symptoms, which include bleeding gums when you brush or floss as well as loose or shifting teeth, can be completely unnoticeable right up until you lose your 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 Can Contribute to Serious Health Conditions

Medical research has surprised many doctors with the evidence that periodontal (gum) disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. Since heart disease is usually fatal, it’s important to treat gum disease is a serious matter. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 of 10 Americans have periodontal disease. If this were a medical affliction such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be considered an epidemic! Most dentists treat it that way. They knew gum disease would never be labeled epidemic because “no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not ideal – but certainly not life threatening. But that’s all changed.

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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For mild periodontal disease, very effective NON-surgical procedures, along with improved dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. This is usually covered under most dental insurance plans. Advanced gum disease requires surgical treatment. Gum surgery is never fun, but it is almost always successful in controlling the condition, and it’s also typically covered by common insurance plans.

Why Is Losing a Tooth So Bad?

Losing even a single tooth can cause the other teeth to shift and move around, which can affect your ability to absorb nutrients from your food if you can’t chew properly. Other bad things include: your face changing shape, often looking “sunken” and making you look older; affected speech; and favoring softer foods and more carbohydrates, causing weight gain. The best way to treat a missing tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants. An implant can replace one tooth or many. They can be made to look so natural that even a dentist has to look hard to tell the difference.

We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (231) 935-4872.