Gum Disease and Your Health
Gum disease is a major problem in the United States. In fact more than 80% of adults have some form of periodontal infection—from early signs of gingivitis to later stages of periodontitis. At Family Dentistry of Frisco, we know that many people may ignore gum disease because they don’t realize how important it is to treat periodontal infections.
Untreated gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss in American adults. Family Dentistry of Frisco encourages you to keep a proper oral hygiene routine in the morning and before bedtime. The best way to continually combat gum disease is to care for your teeth and gums daily. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and use a rinse that has peroxide in it. These steps can provide additional insurance against the ravages of gum disease.
Did you know that tooth loss resulting from gum disease can also lead to bone loss? Your jawbone’s main purpose is to nourish your tooth roots. If you don’t have teeth for the bone to “feed,” then it begins to disintegrate. This is known as “resorption,” and the more teeth you lose, the weaker your jawbone gets. In fact, your facial structure loses strength, creating a sunken-in appearance. Missing teeth also shift your bite, and can make chewing and speaking more difficult.
Family Dentistry of Frisco cares about you and your oral health. We know the value of having excellent gum health, not only because it benefits your whole mouth, but also because it supports your overall health, too. Ongoing scientific studies have associated gum disease with a number of illnesses—ranging from coronary artery disease to diabetes.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, research has determined that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. How can this be? Researchers postulate that the inflammation caused by gum disease increases plaque build-up and contributes to the swelling of arteries. Another study suggested that periodontal inflammations may contribute to bacteremia, platelet activation, and elevated clotting factors—increasing the risk of non-fatal strokes by 4.3 fold.
In the Journal of Periodontology, an article outlined the associations between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. After receiving treatment for periodontal infections, study participants saw improvement in their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Another article published in the Journal of Periodontology discussed the connections between gum disease and diabetes. The study found that people with uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes were more likely to develop periodontal disease than those who controlled their diabetes. Gum disease also increases blood sugar—putting diabetics at higher risks for complications. If you think you have gum disease, then we invite you to our comfortable, luxurious dental practice in Frisco, TX.
If you need more reasons to get checked—and if needed, treated—for gum disease at Family Dentistry of Frisco, consider the study done by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health. After eliminating other risk factors, the researchers found that patients diagnosed with gum disease were 63% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
If you reside in Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen, Little Elm, Prosper, and surrounding cities and are looking for gum disease therapy, please request your appointment at Family Dentistry of Frisco.
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- Laser technology (replacing shots)
- Sedation (Gas-Nitrous Oxide, Oral, and IV)
- Root Canal
- Implants (including a 3D Digital X-Ray Imaging)
- Orthodontics (Braces and Invisalign)
- Sleep Apnea
- Our beautiful, newly built office offers elegance, luxury, beauty, and comfort in every room.
- One American, a day, dies from oral cancer. We firmly believe in cancer screening. Our team performs comprehensive oral cancer screenings for all patients!
- Dr. Patel is a master and fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
- We devote unparalleled compassion, nurture, and comfortable care starting from the front concierge to our dental assistant to our doctor.
- Our doctor, Dr. Paresh B. Patel, is an internationally and nationally trained general dentist, and he has more than thirteen years of experience in family dentistry!
- Our practice has a 3D Digital X-Ray Imaging (i.e., CT scan) to allow our team to visualize the anatomy of your teeth and bones accurately.
- We believe the heart of education is education of the heart. We lead and organize health fairs and have personally traveled and help at many earthquake-hit areas.
- Family Dentistry of Frisco recommends The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss as a gift to your child!
- Our doctor received the Dental Practitioner's Award for his outstanding patient care and compassion.
- Our primary focus is patient care. We use the latest laser technology to replace shots! This will drastically increase your recovery time and undoubtedly help with pain!
- We use Digital X-Rays that reduces radiation given to you.
- Our patients are our primary concern. We eliminate shots by using laser technology and offer many types of sedation (gas-nitrous oxide, oral, and IV) of your choosing.
- We are open at very convenient times from Monday through Friday 7AM-6PM and Saturday 9AM-2PM. Come book your appointment with us when it is convenient for you!
- Our doctor's life passion is dentistry…and oh yeah, he was born and raised in England. Come listen to him speak with his British accent!