The #1 Destroyer of Teeth
Periodontal (gum) disease is an insidious destroyer of teeth. The affliction often progresses at a slow pace,
with no pain, which is why it’s the number-one reason people lose their teeth. You simply may not realize that
you’re infected until after your teeth are irretrievable. Not sure if your teeth are at risk? Symptoms include
bleeding gums when you brush or floss, and loose or shifting teeth. Even if you’ve been told that you need gum
surgery, we can help. The latest dental treatments have made it possible to control gum disease with a variety of
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
Evidence produced by medical research has shown that gum disease factors into the onset of strokes, heart disease,
and many other life-threatening illnesses. So you can see why treating gum disease is vital to retaining your
overall good health. The American Dental Association approximates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum)
disease. Percentages at this elevated a level should be considered epidemic. But because tooth loss has long been
thought of as simply unpleasant, not immediately life-threatening, the severity of the disease has been neglected
for far too long. However, things are changing.
The American Academy of Periodontology has released information that indicates the following: “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.” The
bacteria that destroys your teeth and gums when you develop periodontal disease can infiltrate your other soft tissues,
slip into your bloodstream, and contribute to issues in your heart, lungs, and other vital organs.
Now the Good News
The threat of gum disease has been acknowledged, and most dental insurance plans offer good coverage for a variety of
treatments. While in some severe cases surgery is the only acceptable form of treatment, there are now powerful NON-surgical
procedures that, combined with improved dental hygiene, can arrest the spread of the disease.
What’s So Bad About Losing a Tooth?
Regardless of why you’ve lost a tooth – periodontal disease, decay, accident, or other trauma – you should know that
without a replacement you may soon encounter a variety of other difficulties, some quite severe. The removal of even
one tooth can cause your other teeth to become displaced, thus altering the way you gain nutrients from your food. You
may experience weight gain or loss due to diet changes, develop a sunken or wrinkled facial appearance, or even undergo
an unwanted change in your speech patterns. Dr. Motwani recommends dental implants. A solution that, in most cases, can
replace all your missing teeth. Designed to blend with your remaining teeth, they look so natural that at first glance
even a dentist will have trouble seeing the difference.
Defeat Gum Disease Painlessly
ARESTIN™ is an impressive weapon in the war against gum disease. This time-released antibiotic is available as tiny,
invisible microspheres suspended in a powder form that delivers treatment directly to the site of the infection (the spaces
between the gums and teeth). ARESTIN painlessly kills the bacteria that cause gum disease, restoring your dental health.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (941) 758-4543.