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Periodontal Disease: Are You At Risk?

Posted in Gum Disease

More commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 60.

This disease is a silent and destructive infection.

What is periodontal disease? Are you at risk?

Periodontitis – A Battle Against Bacteria

Periodontitis is inflammation in the ligaments surrounding the roots of your teeth. Your teeth depend upon a complex support system in your gums. Strong ligaments help hold your teeth in place. When these get infected, they become inflamed and can start to break down.

This destruction can also advance into the nearby bone. When the bone and ligaments surrounding your teeth break down, your teeth lose support.

Not only are your teeth at risk, but the presence of periodontitis, or periodontal disease, has been connected to other serious health conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Stroke
  • Pneumonia
  • Diabetes
  • Premature birth

As you can see, keeping your gums clear of this disease could be key to lowering your risk for other health problems.

Lowering Your Risk

Periodontal disease is more likely to affect individuals based on genetics and the presence of other health issues. Bacteria cause the disease, but your body may not be hardwired as well as others to fight off the infection. If you have a history of gum disease in your family, then you may be predisposed to it, as well.

But you are not powerless! Periodontal disease is serious, but you can do something about it.

Maintain a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Arm yourself with the facts of gum disease, as you are doing right now. Call your local dental office today to schedule a gum assessment and learn more about your individual risk.

Posted on behalf of:
Pristine Dental
555 Providence Hwy #2
Walpole, MA 02081
(508) 734-7056


Why Should I Pay for Periodontal Therapy? My Insurance Is Supposed to Cover Cleanings

Most dental insurance policies will cover all or a large portion of routine preventive dental cleanings twice each year. If it’s been a while since you had prophylactic dental care, you might visit the dentist for the first time in years and find out that a routine cleaning isn’t what you need. While it might not seem to make much sense, it’s due to having larger accumulation of tartar buildup and bone loss along the roots of your teeth. As a result, periodontal therapy or a deep cleaning may be the only method that coincides with the standard of care for your individual treatment needs.

As treatments become more therapeutic instead of preventive, your dental insurance policy may cover them on a different pay scale. For instance, people with moderate to severe bone loss with heavy tartar may need to schedule a procedure known as a deep cleaning, which is divided into 4 quadrants (instead of the entire mouth) for the treatment and insurance claims. Your individual policy may cover a smaller percentage of this type of treatment, and because it requires more time, the fee is justifiably more than a short, routine cleaning.

By making the investment in therapeutic services like periodontal therapy, patients are able to reverse conditions of gum disease, saving their teeth from the downhill spiral that can lead to tooth loss. After these conditions are treated and controlled, routine preventive cleanings are once again the standard method of treatment to help you maintain the level of oral health that you deserve. For a breakdown of your benefits as they relate to services like periodontal therapy, ask your dentist or dental treatment coordinator.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental


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