ORANGE, Calif., Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It is a topic that many people know all too well: periodontal (gum) disease. Nearly half of American adults over 30 have some form of the disease, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Western Dental & Orthodontics, one of the nation's leaders in accessible, affordable, high-quality oral health care, is very familiar with treating periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that is caused by an accumulation of toxic bacteria within the pockets of the gums - that area between the gums and teeth. Periodontal disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to a serious disease that can lead to major damage of the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. The worst-case scenario is the teeth are lost and the disease results in more serious health conditions. However, in all cases gum disease is a treatable condition, and if detected early can be reversed. Our gums are a reservoir that can harbor bacteria, toxins, and destructive immune products. When gums are infected, these harmful agents enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body to vital organs like the heart, kidneys, pancreas, etc. "Western Dental is proactive when it comes to periodontal disease. We educate all of our patients on the topic and the ramifications of what can happen if proper care of the teeth and gums is neglected," said Dr. John Luther, Western Dental's Chief Dental Officer. "Whether gum disease gets better or worse depends on whether you go to your dentist for treatment and how closely you follow her recommendations for daily home care of your teeth and gums." Western Dental classifies periodontal treatment in four stages.