You may have noticed that your gums are red and swollen.
Perhaps you have even experienced bleeding while brushing your teeth. If so,
then you have likely developed a case of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene
is the most likely cause. Dr. Peavy is an experienced periodontist in Winston Salem, NC
helps our patients avoid the serious long term consequences and costs of this
The Impact of Gum
In the long run, gum disease that is left untreated will get
progressively worse. Eventually the tissues and bone that hold your teeth in
place will erode, and your teeth can fall out. The damage caused by poor oral
health is also linked to the development of a number of other serious systemic conditions.
The toxins in your mouth increase the level of toxins in
your body. Harmful bacteria can imbed itself in your lungs, bloodstream, and
other organs. Your kidneys and liver must constantly work harder to remove
these poisons. This wears them out over time increasing your risk for:
Even with adequate insurance, medical treatment costs are on
the rise. Diabetes must be managed with special monitors and insulin. Severe
arthritis is treated with expensive pain killers. If you are one of the unlucky
few who develop cancer, the full cost of chemo therapy and radiation treatments
may not always be covered.
The Opportunity Cost
Some of these illnesses damage more than just your immediate
finances. Other opportunities may have to be forfeited in life. You may be
limited in the foods you can eat or the type of work you can perform. A life
impacted by a cancer treatment is often diminished in many personal ways.
Fortunately gum disease is easily reversible, and there are affordable
treatment options available. If it is caught early enough, a thorough cleaning
encourages healthy renewal of your gums. In severe cases, a surgery may be required,
but advances in laser technology are often able to reduce theses invasive
procedures to a minimum.
If you suspect that you have some form of gum disease, do
not hesitate to contact our office at (336) 383-1247. Make an appointment with
Dr. Peavy right away.
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