“DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT HURTS!” – PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE – What You Didn’t Know………

I bet most of you who read this are unaware that the Surgeon General reports that at least 80% of American adults have Periodontal (Gum) Disease!
WOW!  That is a staggering statistic!

What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal (gum) Disease is an serious infection.
It affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth.

Warning Signs Include:

  • Your gums may bleed when you brush or floss.
  • Your gums may be soft, swollen, or tender.
  • You may have persistent bad breath that does not go away.
  • Your gums may pull away from your teeth.
  • Your teeth may become loose.

*It is also possible to have no noticeable symptoms.  In fact, most people who have periodontal disease are not even aware of it!*

What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is caused by plaque (Bacterial Biofilm), a sticky film that is always forming on your teeth.  The bacteria in plaque invades the spaces between your teeth and gums and produces toxins.  These toxins, combined with your body’s reaction to them, destroy the bone around your teeth.

Periodontal Disease is Unpredictable:

  • It can be challenging to predict where in your mouth the symptoms of periodontal disease may recur or when, and frequently, it does not hurt.
  • Periodontal Disease cannot be cured; it can only be controlled.
  • The only way to find and control this serious infection is with a professional exam that specifically looks for the disease.

Periodontal Disease and Whole-Body Health. 
These are the Facts:

  • People with Periodontal (Gum) Disease are twice as likely to die from heart disease and three times as likely to die from a stroke. – Mayo Clinic
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease increases pancreatic and kidney cancer risk by 62%. – Harvard
  • Diabetes and bleeding, infected gums increases your risk of premature death by 400-700 percent. – American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH)
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease increases the risk of head and neck cancer. –AAOSH
  • 93% of people with gum disease are at risk for diabetes. – AAOSH


Our team has been proactive at diagnosis, recommending, and treating this serious infection with our up-to-date technology, techniques and education since the inception of our practice.
We are incredibly proud to have saved our patient’s smiles and improving their health and quality of life.
Our team of professionals at Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry are here to help!