Treating Gum Disease May Improve Overall Health

Over the years, research has linked gum disease to overall health—especially systemic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Some research suggests that the bacteria present in periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and may attach to plaque in the arteries. Studies also show that patients with gum disease have an increased risk for heart…

What are “periodontal pockets”?

As one of the biggest threats to oral health, untreated gum (periodontal) disease is capable of destroying soft tissues and bone in its advanced stages. This oral condition is also the chief cause of permanent tooth loss. Gum disease is quite common, too. Research indicates that about 80% of the adult population in the United…