The Primary Cause of
Many people assume that tooth loss is due to decay. It’s not. It’s because of gum disease. And it can be completely unnoticeable right up until you lose your teeth. Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss and loose or shifting teeth. But you’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
Periodontal disease is characterized by bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can travel into the bloodstream, and recent medical research has linked gum disease with stroke, heart disease, and more.
With mild periodontal disease, there are very effective NON-surgical procedures that, coupled with improved dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. With advanced periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum surgery is never fun, but it is almost always successful in controlling the condition. These treatments are usually covered under most dental insurance plans.
Dr. Veto is pleased to offer his patients a powerful weapon in the fight against gum disease. It’s called ARESTIN™. It comes in powder form and contains very tiny microspheres that are not visible to the eye. These microspheres deliver a time-released antibiotic directly to the site of the infection (the spaces between the gums and teeth). ARESTIN, in combination with non-surgical periodontal procedures, kills the bacteria that cause gum disease.