Harry Jamison, D.D.S., LLC
Periodontal Infection is a Medical Problem
Periodontal disease is no longer thought to be just a dental problem. Researchers are finding many correlations between periodontal infection and serious medical problems.
Your Infection Can Be Transmitted
Research using DNA testing has found that 80% of all
periodontal disease comes from a parent or spouse. Patients with
periodontal disease can pass their infection along to their loved ones.
Some Patients are At Higher Risk
Patients in certain higher risk categories (see below) should pay particular attention to any signs of periodontal disease.
Those patients having a personal or family history of:
Those patients having higher risk lifestyles, including:
Higher Risk Patients
If you have been told you have periodontal infection (or some of its symptoms) it is vital that you seek evaluation and treatment.
Dental Consequences of Periodontal Disease
75% of all adult tooth loss is due to periodontal disease. When your gums and bone are damaged by periodontal infection, there is less support for your teeth. As this support disappears, your teeth first become loose and then can be lost. When your dentist recommends periodontal treatment, it is important to get started right away.
Natural Teeth Should Be Replaced
If the periodontal inflammation continues, you can start to lose your teeth one at a time. These lost teeth will have to be replaced with dental work, such as:
If tooth loss continues, it can cause you to need dentures. Many patients do not understand the full consequences of wearing dentures. There can be many problems with dentures including:
Inability to eat certain foods.
Inability to feel and taste foods.
Lisping or clacking when speaking.
Bad breath or smell.
Pain or discomfort.
Unnatural looking teeth.
Self-consciousness and embarrassment.
Having to take your dentures out at night for soaking.
Your spouse seeing you without teeth at night.
In most cases the progress of periodontal infection can be stopped with prompt treatment. The gums and bone around your teeth can then be saved from further damage.
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