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What is Periodontal Disease?

image01Periodontal Disease (sometimes also known as Pyorrhea), is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. Left untreated, it causes loss of the bone anchoring your teeth – and subsequent loss of the teeth.


According to the American Dental Association, Periodontal Disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in the Untied States.



Scientists have discovered a link between periodontal (gum) disease and respiratory infections. In fact, if you suffer from periodontal disease, you may be breathing bacteria into your lungs every day from the infection in your gums.



Did you know that mothers with severe periodontal disease are seven times more likely to deliver pre-term, low-birth weight babies? According to a study of 124 pregnant women conducted at the University of North Carolina and published in 1996 in the Journal of Periodontology. Researchers at the University of North Carolina think this is due to the body`s reaction to the bacteria in gums infected with periodontitis. When you have periodontal disease, bacterial toxins attack the bone, ligaments and gums that surround your teeth. You essentially have a large open wound in your mouth that creates a doorway for bacteria to enter your body through your bloodstream.