perio-chartingGum disease is a ruthless offender. This bacterial infection of the gums attacks healthy tissue with the goal of destroying the bonds that hold teeth and gums together. It also impacts overall health, putting you at risk for serious whole-body complications, including heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, dementia, diabetes complications, and more.

At the Downtown Denver office of dentist, lecturer, and author Dr. Gary Radz, we’ll work with you to keep gum disease at bay. By focusing on prevention and providing non-invasive therapies to combat gum disease, Dr. Radz improves overall health and wellbeing.

My gums bleed a little when I brush. What’s the big deal?
Gingivitis, which is early-stage gum disease, starts with few or no symptoms. A little bleeding while brushing or gums that look red and swollen are often the only signs that something is wrong. Left untreated, gum disease can progress to cause tooth, bone, and gum loss. Whole-body health may suffer, as well.

How does gum disease affect the body?
The bad bacteria in the mouth don’t stay there. They travel throughout the body and attack where they can. For example, studies show that oral bacteria can pass through the bloodstream and attach to plaque on artery walls, increasing the potential for blood clots. Also, a high level of bacteria in your mouth, including the type that causes gum disease, jeopardizes heart health.

How does Dr. Radz treat gum disease?
Gingivitis is reversible with a deep cleaning and proper brushing and flossing. We’ll show you how to care for your teeth at home and give you tips on how to maintain good gum health. Topical antibiotic therapy helps alleviate gum disease that progresses past the gingivitis stage. If you suffer from severe gum disease, Dr. Radz may recommend laser therapy to remove diseased tissue, eliminate infection, and promote healing.

Gum disease affects approximately 80% of the population, and many folks don’t realize that they have it. Don’t let gum disease sneak up you.

Call our Downtown Denver office today to schedule a checkup with Dr. Gary Radz. By working together to combat gum disease, we’ll reduce risks to your oral and overall health.