Understanding gum disease: Did you know?
When you think of dentistry, you probably think of teeth. However, it is about far more than that. A dentist is a doctor of oral health. A holistic dentist, such as Dr. France Chevalier, is concerned with an even broader spectrum of well-being. She understands that you cannot have a healthy body with an unhealthy mouth
, which is why she offers comprehensive dental care, to address all of your oral health needs. Periodontics is the aspect of dentistry that focuses on tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth, including guns, ligaments, and bone.
The importance of periodontal health
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gingival (gum) tissue
, which causes chronic inflammation. It is often painless, with few noticeable symptoms, yet it is insidiously destructive. This condition is often called a silent killer. That term may be a bit strong, but it is not unfounded.
Periodontal disease can cause tooth and bone loss, but it is not directly fatal. However, extensive scientific research has connected this condition to heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, stroke, problematic pregnancies, and more. According to a national study, Canadian adults (between the ages of 36 and 69) with severe periodontal disease are three to seven times more likely to die of heart disease than those with good oral health.
Prevention and treatment of periodontal disease
Periodontal disease is more prevalent than you may realize. According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey, about one out of three Canadian adults have gingivitis
, the earliest form of the disease. About 20 percent have moderate or severe periodontal disease and many are unaware of the problem. The statistics and risks of periodontal disease may be alarming, but there is one very reassuring fact. A cooperative effort between you, your dentist, and your hygienist can prevent, control, or cure oral infections.
The best option, naturally, is prevention. Good oral hygiene and regular dental care are the key ingredients for a healthy mouth. Dr. Chevalier, and her team of hygienists, will teach you the most effective methods of brushing and flossing. She will also advise you about good nutrition, healthy habits, and the best oral hygiene products.
It is never too late to have great oral health. If you already have periodontal disease, Dr. Chevalier can help. In the earliest stage (gingivitis), the infection can be cured with no lasting effects. Early detection of oral health problems is one of many reasons regular dental visits are important. As the disease progresses, it causes loss of bone and gum tissue, eventually loosening teeth. However, even in severe cases, the infection can be controlled, preventing further damage. Research has shown that treating periodontal disease lowers the level of C-Reactive proteins and other health risk factors.
Dr. Chevalier is your partner in great oral health, and great whole health
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