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PERIODONTAL DISEASE INDEX

Means "Infection around a tooth"

     Periodontal disease is usually a silent PROGRESSIVE INFECTIOUS DISEASE of the gum and bone tissues that surround and support teeth.

80 % or more of adults have some form of periodontal disease and 99% of those have no signs that indicate they have a problem.

GUM DISEASE IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF TOOTH LOSS!
Mouth tissues reflect symptoms of other problems.

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Heart-Warming Smile

Want to lower your risk of having a heart attack? Then keep your teeth healthy.

A recent study revealed a correlation between periodontal disease, a dental disease caused by oral bacteria, and heart attack incidence. According to the study data, the inflammatory response caused by periodontal disease raises blood levels of a protein that is an indicator of heart attack risk.

RealAge Benefit: Flossing and brushing your teeth daily can make your RealAge as much as 6.4 years younger

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Facts about periodontal disease:

Early  onset periodontitis is four times more common in men than women!

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It is bacterial infection

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Damages gums

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Reduces gums ability to protect vulnerable areas

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Attacks the bone tissue that supports your teeth

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Nine out of ten people are afflicted with some form of periodontal disease in their lifetime.

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Periodontal disease affects more than half the population over 18 years of age. 

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After 35, approximately three out of four adults develop some form of gum disease.

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You may not know you have periodontal problems until a late stage when symptoms occur.

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Bleeding is an indicator of gum tissue inflammation and swelling causing tissue breakdown.

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The bacteria in gum disease can enter your bloodstream through damaged blood vessels than run through the gums which can increase the toxin load in your bloodstream which increases your risk of:
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stroke

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stomach ulcers

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lung disease

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pneumonia

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low birth weight babies & increase in premature delivery

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heart attacks

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high blood sugar levels and uncontrolled diabetes

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Resource: Dental Economics Aug 2000.
Systemic Release of Endotoxins Induced by Gentle Mastication: Association with Periodontitis Severity; Journal of Periodontology, 2002.

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