Gum Disease West Palm Beach, FL

The Dangers of Gum Disease

Gum disease not only affects your teeth and gums. It can also have damaging effects throughout your body. Gum disease has been linked to the following conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Some forms of cancer
  • Dementia and memory loss
  • Birth complications*
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Why Is It So Dangerous?

Patients with gum disease have harmful bacteria living in their mouth, attacking their gums and ultimately getting access to the bloodstream. When these bacteria access the bloodstream it can then circulate through your body and have wide-ranging, harmful effects on your health. A skilled periodontist can help you fight gum disease and restore your oral health.

Gum Disease Could Be Attacking Your Teeth

Many people think their teeth are healthy, not knowing they suffer from gum disease. According to the CDC, half of American adults have some form of the disease. To avoid permanent damage, it is essential that gum disease be treated early.
Contact us if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, puffy gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

Dr. Robert L. Holt has been in practice since 1971, and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Together with Dr. Mauricio Gutierrez, our team of specialists has over 55 years of combined experience treating smiles. Dr. Gutierrez is a former Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontists at UTHSCSA, and is a fellow of ITI and the International College of Dentists.

Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

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