Did You Know

What You Should Know About Gum Disease


of adults 30 years of age and older

have some form of gum disease

Gum disease is more common than most people realize, but is a preventable condition. If you are neglecting your oral hygiene or have health problems that increase your risk of periodontal infection, you may develop gum disease. Without appropriate treatment, gingivitis and periodontal disease can cause both oral and general health issues. Dr. Lindsay Eastman and Dr. Christie offer several gum disease treatment options in Sarasota, FL to help restore the health of your gums.

Systemic Effects of Gum Disease

Many people do not know that gingivitis and periodontal disease have been linked to a number of systemic health conditions. Several research studies have shown that gum disease may have a relationship with:

  • Diabetes
  • Memory loss
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Incidence of stroke
  • Preterm delivery
  • Low birth-weight babies

Identifying Gum Disease Symptoms

Bleeding and swollen gums are typically the first warning signs of gum disease. You may not realize that you have more serious oral health problems until you notice that the gums have pulled away from the teeth or the roots have become exposed. Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red or inflamed gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating

Dr. Lindsay Eastman and Dr. Christie incorporate the latest techniques in reconstructive periodontics, tissue engineering, dental implants placement and was among the first group of dentists in the U.S. trained in computer guided implant surgery.

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