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Gum Health

The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth

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.

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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.

Now the Good News

With advanced periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum surgery is never fun, but it is almost always successful in controlling the condition. With mild periodontal disease, there are very effective NON-surgical procedures which, coupled with improved dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. Dr. Vocal can also strengthen loosened teeth with periodontal splinting. These treatments are usually covered under most dental insurance plans.

We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (207) 808-7939.

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