Periodontal diseases

The word is out – there are more persons in America suffering from gum disease, specifically periodontal disease. The number according to the American Dental Association is 64 million. 64 million persons suffer from periodontal disease and many of these persons may not even know it!

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is the resultant effects of infections of the gum, teeth and bone. In its early stage it is called gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs where the gums are swollen, tender and sometimes bleed. The later stage of the disease occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. There is a pulling away of the gum from the bone, resulting bone loss and loss of teeth.The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 42.7% of adults 30 years and older in the US suffer from one or another form of periodontal disease. It is known that the incidence of this disease occurs with age. CDC reports that 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.


Symptoms of Periodontal Disease


The list below is inclusive but not exhaustive as accompanying risk factors may add to the list:

  • Bad breath

  • Swollen gums

  • Tender and bleeding teeth

  • Pain while chewing

  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth

The following risk factors increase the likelihood of periodontal disease:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Heredity
  • Various medications

Periodontitis or gum disease as it progresses is known to have effects on the overall health of the body and is linked to other systemic illness, and is mostly bidirectional. These include,

  • Heart disease/Stroke

  • Diabetes

  • Dementia

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Premature birth

Preventing Periodontitis

The best way to prevent periodontitis is to care the teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day and making the bi-annual visit to the dentist or periodontist. Where there is gingivitis, the dental practitioner picks it up and in deep cleaning seeks to remove tartar build up and bacteria from the teeth and gum respectively.

The issue is most of us seek help when infection has already begun and sometimes advanced. Delaying treatment increases the risk of developing gum disease or periodontitis.

The crux of the matter to prevention is found in doing the following:

(1) Decrease the amount is sweets and high carbohydrates in the diet

(2) Practice proper oral hygiene

(3) Visit the periodontist every six months for cleaning

(4) Follow instructions provided by the periodontist and refrain from postponing treatments

You cannot go wrong by following these steps. A great place to start is by making your appoint with Dr. Vadivel T Kumar DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist whose clinic Implants&Gumcare located at Carrollton and Grapevine Texas . Dr Kumar and his staff will give you the care you need to ensure that gingivitis is treated, and periodontitis prevented.

Make your appointment today online at or call 214-731-0123. As a new patient, you will be provided with free consultation and free 3D scan – that way you know if you are one of the 64 million with periodontitis and start treatment right away.

Paying for Dental Care

The cost of dental care is at times discouraging and many persons especially persons of the lower income strata do not seek medical treatment when they know something is wrong simply because they cannot afford it. That does not have to be you – it does not have to be the case with dental plans offered at Implant and Gumcare.

Call us at Implant and Gumcare to discuss payment plans, services and insurance accepted. A few that are provided includes:

  • Cash discounts on services
  • Credit card discounts
  • Co-pay only collection

Have a look at the insurance accepted on which include: ACE, Consumer Health Network, and HFN – to name a few.

Don’t have insurance at all? Don’t worry – call us on 214-731-0123 and our staff can find something that will work for you. This combined with the $200 valued free consultation and the $700 valued 3D Scan gets you off on the right foot to ensuring your dental needs are met and cared for and keeps periodontitis at bay!

When To Start

Cure Research  reported that 1 in 48 persons or 5.6 million persons in the United States of America had periodontitis. Today that number has grown to and astounding 64 million as reported recently by Fox News. You do not have to be part of that statistic.

Delaying action on your dental health increases the probability of developing periodontitis – if you do not already have it or worsening its symptoms if you do have this disease. The time to do something is now. Start by consciously improving the care of your teeth at home, brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your periodontist biannually.

Make your appointment today to ensure you know where you fall and ensure that you are on the path to healthy gums, teeth and mouth.