Are You Gambling With Gum Disease And Other Serious Illnesses? Part 1

How much do you know about gum disease? Do you know what is normal and what is not in your mouth? Do you realize that your gums are under attack? The topic of this article series is how we are all gambling with gum disease and all of the health stuff that goes with it.

He Didn’t Know

Let me tell you a story about a friend of mine.  We’ll call him “Bob” for the sake of anonymity. Bob brushed his teeth every day without fail, generally brushing multiple times a day. He thought he was taking good care of his teeth and gums. Even so, when he would brush, his gums would bleed. Thinking he was taking good care of his teeth, he just assumed this was normal and this gum bleeding was just how it was going to be since it had become a pattern that had developed over several years.  He really didn’t know he had a problem!

He Joined A Large Group

Eventually, he was referred to a Periodontist in another city for treatment of periodontal disease. Bob became one of  over 65 million Americans who suffer from this disease, that if left untreated can result in tooth loss and more.

The Importance Of Good Dental Care

Regular dental checkups coupled with good oral hygiene habits can go a long way toward achieving and maintaining a healthy mouth. Striving to keep your teeth and gums healthy can help you avoid the periodontal complications suffered by my friend Bob. Not only can untreated gum disease result in loss of teeth, but it can cause issues that reach beyond the teeth and gums. Links have been made between periodontal disease and other more serious medical problems throughout the human body.   The purpose of this article series is to go into more detail about those conditions.  In the coming weeks, we will talk in more detail about how the detrimental effects of periodontal disease can result in significant health deterioration if left untreated.  This information is given to emphasize and reinforce the importance of good oral hygiene habits, learning to recognize the signs of gum disease as early as possible and to urge you to seek prompt and appropriate treatment sooner rather than later.

Next week, we will start with an explanation of how your gums are being attacked.  I hope you will come back for the next segment, but in the meantime, review your oral hygiene regimens with your dental professional for any recommendations to improve it. Your Periodontist on Long Island can identify and treat gum disease in any member of your family. Call Dr, Scarf at (631)661-6633 or pay a visit at and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

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