A Healthy Smile, A Healthy Body
It is important to have regular check-ups – not just to maintain a beautiful smile, but to have overall
good health. Gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss, and it can be successfully healed without
surgery. Our commitment to our patients is to give meticulous attention to your dental needs for outstanding
oral health, so your whole body will have optimum health.
Lost Teeth are Primarily Caused by Gum Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is the main cause of tooth loss – not decay. If you have bleeding gums while
flossing or brushing, loose teeth, or chronic bad breath, it is important to come in for an appointment. Gum
disease can be treated with nonsurgical methods, but only if the infection hasn’t reached an advanced stage.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Serious Health Conditions
Recent medical research indicates the bacterial infection in gums can have an effect on serious health conditions
like high cholesterol and blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Poor dental hygiene allows bacteria
and plaque to build up on teeth and below the gum line, causing development of infection. The bacteria gets into
the bloodstream and causes an inflammation of the arteries, increasing the chances of a heart attack or stroke, no
matter how fit a person may be. Improving oral hygiene and having a dental check-up every year could help prevent
both gum disease and other potentially life-threatening conditions.
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.”
There Is Good News!
Periodontal (gum) disease can be healed without surgery if treated in the early stages of the infection. The nonsurgical
methods are very effective and covered by most dental insurance plans. Please come in for an appointment at the first
signs of bleeding or inflamed gums.
A Painless Treatment for Gum Disease
Chandler Park Dental Care is excited to be able to bring our patients ARESTIN™, a powerful weapon in the fight against
gum disease. The time-released antibiotic is carried by a powder in very tiny microspheres that are not visible to the
eye. These microspheres deliver the antibiotic directly to the spaces between the gums and teeth, where the infection
thrives. ARESTIN kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. The best part is that it's all painless!
Is Losing a Tooth Really that Bad?
Some people may think losing a tooth isn’t a big deal. But they don’t realize the effect even one missing tooth has on
other tooth roots, jaw bones, and the movement of other teeth. It can also affect your ability to chew and obtain nutrients
from your food. If chewing becomes difficult, often soft, high-calorie foods are favored, which results in weight gain. The
shape and size of your mouth and jaw bones will start to diminish, which will give you a sunken appearance that makes you
look older than you are. Slurred speech may be embarrassing. So there are many reasons to prevent the loss of teeth. If you
do have a missing tooth, today’s dental technology provides dental implants as the best replacement option. They look and
function just like a real tooth and give you a complete, solid, and healthy smile.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (270) 392-3217.