Katie To, DDS

Gum Disease: A Common Condition Associated with Serious Health Issues

One of the most popular under diagnosed diseases in the dentist office is periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is evident by excess oral inflammation, a certain type of bleeding during a routine periodontal examination, and often gum recession exposing the root surfaces of the teeth making them look longer.  Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing can indicate active gum disease.  Many genetic and lifestyle factors, coupled with oral bacteria, contribute to the exacerbation of gum disease.

One of the things our doctors and hygienists do is a very thorough comprehensive gum disease examination. Active gum disease is initiated by certain bacteria, yeasts, or viruses that live around the teeth.  Everyone has a personalized reaction to gum disease bacteria based on their genetics, and lifestyle factors.  If gum disease is not stabilized and allowed to persist it can lead to tooth loss and the initiation of chronic inflammatory by products that can affect many other diseases like cardiovascular disease, stroke risk, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, diabetes and many more.

Dr. Katie's team has a keen awareness about how many oral conditions in addition to gum disease can affect overall health.  We are constantly learning and training in new techniques in order to better care for any gum disease that presents in our patients.  If you see any bleeding when you brush your teeth, please set up a consultation to have your gums evaluated for periodontal disease.

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