According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to over 70 percent for those over 65! And gum disease doesn’t stop there, it is also linked to heart disease, premature birth, Alzheimer’s disease, pancreatic cancer and overall immune problems.
Periodontal (gum) disease can occur when a bacteria-rich film (plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed as the immune system reacts to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth and form bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.
If your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing, the first step is to come into our office for a thorough examination by Dr Najmi. In combination with a regular oral exam (possibly with digital x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple instrument called a periodontal probe is used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed.
Armed with this information, Dr. Najmi can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease. Schedule your appointment with her today by calling (904) 998-1555.