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Gum Disease
Periodontal Disease


Are You Symptom Free?


Are you ready for biology’s next revolution? The Human Oral Microbiome Database has been created to provide scientists with comprehensive information on oral microbes. That’s good news for you social life and your general health. It has been called the Silent Disease because you can have it and be symptom-free. Being young is no protection.

Here are some facts you need to know…

  • Up to 30 % the general public may be genetically susceptible to gum disease and six times more likely to develop periodontitis, its most serious form.
  • Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. It can destroy your jawbone and supporting tissues as well as your appearance.
  • Unnatural-looking indentations left by missing teeth and bone loss can compromise the esthetics of replacement teeth.
  • Research has linked gum disease to other health problems including heart disease and stroke, respiratory diseases, cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes and complications during pregnancy.
  • Surveyed U.S dentists (myself included) say gum disease is a more pressing oral health concern than tooth decay by a 2 to 1 margin

Millions of people don’t know they have gum disease. Could you be one of them?

Stay as healthy as you feel by keeping up with your brushing, flossing, and maintaining your regular checkup appointments. It could give you a revolutionary advantage.

Please call us at 630.860.5544 for a FREE gum disease evaluation and 15% off gum therapy.

Having a bad tooth taken out will relieve your pain and infection, but it is only a partial solution to resolving the issue. If your missing teeth are not replaced in a timely manner, a number of things will start to happen.

Your teeth will shift throwing off your bite, causing your teeth to wear down and could result in chipping of healthy teeth. This can also cause excess stress on the joint that opens and closes your jaw (known as TMJ), causing clicking or popping sounds, headaches and a lot of pain.

When teeth are missing the jaw bone lacks stimulation of the bone, because of this the jaw bone starts to dissolve away. This makes your face sink in, increasing the appearance of wrinkles which make you to look older.

Dental implants are the simple solution. Placing implants are painless and usually done within 30 minutes. Implants do not require drilling on healthy teeth to replace a missing tooth. Implants look and work like natural teeth. They stimulate the jawbone like natural teeth preventing your jawbone from shrinking, keeping you looking younger. They are stable and secure, so you can comfortably eat all your favorite foods. Most importantly we guarantee our implants for life!

Gum Disease and Pregnancy Complications

Many dental professionals are aware of the risks associated with periodontal disease and pregnancy, but are your patients? How about the public as a whole? Studies have shown that women suffering from gum disease prior to and during pregnancy are seven times more likely to give birth to a low- weight baby than women who do not have gum disease. But now, expectant mothers and those considering pregnancy should also know that studies show periodontal treatment, even during pregnancy, can actually reduce premature or low-weight births.

An August 2002 study at the University of Chile found a link between advanced gum disease and low-weight or premature babies through a bacteria in the mouth to be consistent with similar studies. This bacteria, linked to prostaglandin, a labor- inducing chemical, travels through the bloodstream to the mother’s placenta and fetus, which can lead to premature labor. Preliminary research by the American Academy of Periodontology indicates that the risk increases again, when women have generalized periodontal disease (more than 30 percent of their mouth). This information is even more significant for women ages 30 to 54 because 23 percent are more likely to have periodontal disease and be unaware of it because the disease progresses slowly. Women ages 30 to 44 make up seven percent of the childbearing population.

Physicians may want to tell their patients that, according to the University of Chile study, of the 400 participating women with advanced periodontal disease, only two percent who received treatment before the end of the second trimester gave birth to either a low-weight or preterm infant. In contrast, 10 percent of women who received periodontal treatment after giving birth had delivered low-weight or preterm babies.

Periodontal disease is easily avoidable with regular dental visits and a good at-home oral care routine. Another important factor is a balanced diet, which is imperative to good overall health. There is no guarantee that everyone who hears this message will take your warnings to heart, but they will appreciate your concern for both their well-being and the well-being of their children.

Information regarding periodontal disease and pregnancy should be discussed during regular visits. Physicians may consider encouraging a periodontal screening for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. While you and other members of your office team have a variety of topics to discuss with your patients, it takes only a few minutes to discuss the risks associated with gum disease. Women who are told of these risk factors are more likely to receive a periodontal screening, which may lead to a healthier pregnancy, a healthier baby, and regular oral care that continues both during and after pregnancy.


Dental diseases (cavities and gum disease) are the most common diseases affecting people besides the common cold. 75% of the population has some form of periodontal disease, but a majority do not realize it.

Tooth brushing cleans the smooth surfaces of the teeth and is an excellent way to prevent cavities. However, gum disease starts in between the teeth. Regular toothbrushes can’t reach these critical areas and most people don’t or can’t floss effectively.

Gingivitis is a bacterial infection of the gums that’s reversible. However, periodontal disease IS gum and bone disease. The infection spreads from the gum into the bone and permanent damage occurs. If detected early it can be controlled.

Unlike most diseases that give us early warning signs, gum disease progresses silently, often without pain. It may develop slowly or progress quite rapidly. More than half of all people over 18 have at least the early stages of periodontal disease. Even more frightening, after the age of 35, three out of four people are affected to some degree. Periodontal disease is an infection that destroys the gum surrounding your teeth and also destroys the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place.

Few people know Periodontal Disease is a contagious disease and can be passed through the saliva. Your chances of developing Periodontal Disease dramatically increase if:

  • You Smoke
  • Have Diabetes
  • Have Osteoporosis
  • On Certain Medications
  • Have Family History

Periodontal Disease may increase your risk for a variety of health concerns including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung Infections
  • Preterm, low birth weight infants
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Pancreatic Cancer (in Men)

At Blumberg Family Dental Care we can help you better understand periodontal disease and how you can prevent it. We can quickly and painlessly check and monitor the condition of your gums. If you have gum disease, Dr. Blumberg will prescribe a course of treatment that will help stop any further damage to your gums and bones, and then design a homecare regimen tailored to fit your specific needs.