BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Beverly Hills periodontist, Dr. Sam Markzar, warns patients about the importance of preventing gum disease. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States, and it can also lead to problems with general health.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 47 percent of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. Those numbers increase among seniors. Many people do not even realize that they have periodontal disease, and are less likely to seek treatment. As a result, many Americans are at risk for tooth loss, bone loss, and serious conditions that could also affect their general health.
Dentists and medical researchers have long been aware that periodontal disease leads to the loss of teeth, gum tissue, and jaw bone. However, recent studies indicate that periodontal disease is also linked to respiratory infections such as pneumonia, an increased risk for certain types of cancer such as blood cancer and pancreatic cancer, an increased risk for osteoporosis, an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, and complications with diabetes. Although medical researchers are still investigating how these links between periodontal disease and other general health conditions work, the risks are well established.
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that is characterized by swollen, red gums, mouth sores, loose teeth, and/or bleeding gums. When patients begin to experience any of these symptoms, they should contact Dr. Markzar, Beverly Hills dental implants dentist, for an evaluation. The earlier Dr. Markzar can treat the condition, the more likely it is that the problem can be resolved before tooth or bone loss occur or any serious general health condition develops.
Dr. Markzar, Los Angeles dental implants dentist, recommends that patients seek a dental examination and cleaning at least once per year. Many patients who are at higher risk for periodontal disease, such as those who have suffered from periodontal disease in the past, women, and senior citizens, are recommended to schedule these exams more often. To make an appointment with Dr. Markzar, Los Angeles periodontist, contact Beverly Hills Periodontal Arts and Implants.
Beverly Hills Periodontal Arts and Implants
Dr. Sam Markzar, DDS
8500 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #819
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: (310) 775-2100
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