Understanding Gum Disease
Statistics show that an estimated 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease. Periodontal disease can progress to a point where the patient loses some or all of their teeth and the infection spreads to other parts of the body. Some studies suggest a link between periodontal disease and systemic health issues, an increased risk for developing certain types of cancer, and problems such as memory loss. Gum disease is preventable but there is still no cure for existing conditions. Periodontal therapy such as deep teeth cleaning treatments, scaling and root planing, and laser gum treatment may help to eradicate the infection in the mouth.