Periodontal Disease and Therapy - Dr. Michael Dagostino, D.D.S.
This disease process has received a lot of news coverage lately because it
has been associated as a factor in heart disease, high blood pressure, liver
and kidney disease, and strokes. The correlation of many systemic disease processes
with periodontal disease is thought to be due to the periodontal bacterias causing
a plaque or hardening in the arteries or blood vessels throughout the body.
These blockages cause a decrease in blood flow preventing important organs or
body parts from getting sufficient oxygen or essential nutrients. This can create
or worsen a disease state. Our profession had thought that there was some association
of periodontal disease and other system health issues, but until recently there
was no scientific basis for their beliefs. Recent university studies have proved
the link and hypothesized on the reasons.
Periodontal is the #1 bacteria caused disease in the world. It is the #1 cause
of tooth loss in the U.S. today. It is also highly treatable. Since I graduated
from dental school 21 years ago the treatment modalities have significantly
changed. Better techniques along with better medications have made periodontal
surgery unnecessary in 95% of the cases I see. If you or someone you love, suspects
they have periodontal disease, please call our office for an evaluation.
Michael W. Dagostino, D.D.S.
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