Gum Disease Is Linked to Serious Health Conditions
Studies have proven a link between gum disease and the life-threatening conditions of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. An estimated 8 of 10 Americans have periodontal disease, which most dentists consider to be at an epidemic level. The American Academy of Periodontology confirms the research that shows gum infections increase the risk of premature or underweight births, and may contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses.
the Good News
If left to reach advanced stages, the treatment for periodontal disease would be surgical. It is mostly successful in reversing the condition and is often covered by most insurance plans. If periodontal disease is treated in a milder stage, we offer very effective nonsurgical methods. Together with improved dental hygiene, the spread of the infection can be stopped. Nonsurgical methods are often covered by dental insurance plans as well.
Is It Bad to Lose a Tooth?
You may think it is no big deal to have a tooth missing, but losing even one tooth can affect your entire set of teeth. Other teeth may start to move, which can impact chewing and absorbing nutrition from your food. You may start to eat softer foods with higher calories, which can result in weight gain. Your face may change shape, making you look older than you are. Speech may not be as clear with missing teeth. We can replace all or any missing teeth with dental implants. They are so natural looking you will not be able to tell the difference from a real one.
We Take the Extra Step for your Wellness
We can take care of your dental problems to keep your teeth and gums healthy, like any dental office. But we provide extra care and concern for our patients with our “Wellness Care.” In our Wellness Care program we teach our patients how to avoid having dental problems. The first part of this type of care is a very thorough examination. We observe your bite and the way your teeth fit together. We examine you for wear and tear on your teeth, gum disease, and oral cancer, or any conditions that might turn into a problem later on. Our Wellness Program does just what the name implies – we do our best to keep your teeth and gums in good condition for overall good health, so you will not have major problems later.
Your Best Overall Health
Research shows that gum infections are linked to stroke, heart disease, and other serious conditions. Healthy gums give you strong teeth to perform their function of proper chewing. Maintaining good dental health is important to your overall vitality and wellness. Dr. Callow recognizes how good dental health helps to maintain your entire well-being. He has started a revolutionary new process of tracking each of your visits on a graph on a computer program. A visual history can be displayed to let Dr. Callow advise you on your health goals. Our team will work with you to achieve those goals, just like a coach or trainer.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (734) 455-2890.