Periodontal Disease — the Silent Killer

Flossing can add up to 6.5 years to your life!   

Preventing gum disease increases a person’s life expectancy, yet gum disease has been ignored for too long.  A large portion of people still believe it’s normal for gums to bleed.

The Surgeon General reported that 80% of adults have some form of gum disease.

It has been clearly established that gum disease has a role in cardiac disease (the number one killer in the United States). Dr. Oz from the Oprah show states that “regular flossing can add up to six and a half years to your life”.  Studies have linked periodontal disease to not only conditions like heart disease, stroke diabetes, cancer and pregnancy complications, but also to pneumonia, Alzheimer’s disease, wrinkly skin among other things.  New connections seem to be arriving every day. 

Reader’s Digest reported on an 18 year study which concluded that people with gum disease were twice as likely to die from a heart attack and three times more likely to die from a stroke.  Periodontal disease wreaks havoc on blood sugar levels, resulting in a significant role in our country’s diabetic crisis.  If you have diabetes, and your gums bleed, your chance of dying can increase 400 to 700%.  More than 30,000 Americans are expected to lose their lives to pancreatic cancer this year.  Periodontal disease appears to be strongly linked to pancreatic cancer, according to a Harvard study on 63,000 males, where a 62% increase in pancreatic cancer was shown in those who had periodontal disease.  This is all life and death stuff!

It is time the dental profession and the public embraced a zero tolerance for bleeding gums, and do everything possible to control it, because it is contributing to people’s early demise.  If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you need to take action.  Do not ignore it.

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