Gum Disease Treatment
The American Academy of Periodontology estimates that 75 percent of American adults (three of every four!) have some form of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Gum disease is truly a silent enemy; a disease with few symptoms.
Dr. Rana understands that the gum bone is connected to the mouth bone. Gum disease is linked to dozens of medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, pancreatic cancer, and HPV. An increase in c-reactive proteins in the liver (produced when your body is fighting inflammation) is 20 times more predictive of heart attack or stroke than cholesterol level. It is simply vital to prevent, identify, and treat gum disease as early as possible.
Smoking and poor oral hygiene are leading causes of gum disease, and it thrives in the warm, dark, moist environment of your mouth. Here’s a four-point check you can do at home for symptoms of gum disease:
- Gums should be light pink – no spots of purple or red, not swollen, and not separated from the teeth.
- Gums should not bleed when you floss.
- Your breath should not have a bad odor (this symptom is especially noticeable for smokers).
- Food should taste good.
Treatment results in a fresh breath, eating enjoyment, and extended life expectancy (diabetes can dramatically improve!). Why treat your mouth any differently than the rest of your body? You go for other examinations, physicals, and check-ups. Why not your gums?