Welcome to Periodontal Associates!

We congratulate you on taking the first step toward better periodontal health. Please utilize this website as a resource. It will help you better understand your course of treatment and answer any questions related to periodontal therapy.

 

Doctors , Gangbar, Su, Mohamed, Diamond and Gerczuk are specialists in Periodontics and Implantology. Our practice specializes in treatment of gum diseasecosmetic procedures to aesthetically enhance your smile, and dental implants that can replace single or multiple missing teeth. We also diagnose and treat oral pathology.

Happy Family with two young children

“We believe in the entire body/health connection”

Link Between Periodontal Disease and Smoking
You are probably familiar with the links between tobacco use and lung disease, cancer, and heart disease.

Current studies have now linked periodontal disease with tobacco usage. These cases may be even more severe than those of non-users of tobacco. There is a greater incidence of calculus formation on teeth, deeper pockets between gums and teeth as well as greater loss of the bone and fibers that hold teeth in your mouth. In addition, your chance of developing oral cancer increases with the use of smokeless or chewing tobacco.

Chemicals in tobacco such as nicotine and tar slow down healing and the predictability of success following periodontal treatment.

Problems caused by tobacco include:

Lung disease, heart disease, cancer, mouth sores, gum recession, loss of bone and teeth, bad breath, tooth staining, less success with periodontal treatment, and with dental implants.

Quitting tobacco will reduce the chance of developing the above problems

Heart and Periodontal Health
It is possible that if you have periodontal disease, you may be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease. For a long time it has been know that bacteria may affect the heart. Now, evidence is mounting that suggests people with periodontal disease may be more at risk for heart disease, and have nearly twice the risk of suffering a heart attack, than patients without periodontal disease.

While more research is needed to confirm how periodontal bacteria may affect your heart, one possibility is that periodontal bacteria enter the blood through inflamed gums and cause small blood clots that contribute to clogged arteries. Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease contributes to the buildup of fatty deposits inside heart arteries.

One out of every 5 Canadians has one or more types of heart disease. If you are one of these people, or you are at risk for periodontal disease, see a periodontist for a periodontal evaluation, because healthy gums may lead to a healthier body.

Respiratory Disease and Periodontal Health

Respiratory disease occurs when fine droplets are inhaled from the mouth into the lungs. These droplets contain germs that can spread and multiply within the lungs to weaken breathing. Research has proven that bacteria found in the mouth and throat can be drawn into the lower respiratory tract and cause infection or worsen existing lung disorders.

Inflammation of the mouth tissue has also been linked to respiratory problems. Oral bacteria causing the irritation can travel to the lungs and contribute to inflammation of the lining of the lung. This creates respiratory difficulty because it limits the amount of air that can be passed freely through the lungs.

Diabetes & Oral Health
Individuals suffering from diabetes, especially uncontrolled diabetics, have a higher risk of developing bacterial infections of the mouth. These infections may impair your ability to process insulin, resulting in greater difficulty with controlling your diabetes. Periodontal diseases will be more severe than those of a non-diabetic and treatment more difficult.  However, well-controlled diabetics have a lower incidence of cavities.

Steps to prevent periodontal disease include daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque from your teeth and gums, regular dental visits for professional cleaning, and regular periodontal evaluation. Your health professional must also be told of your history and the current status of your condition.  And finally, you can help resist periodontal infection by maintaining control of your blood sugar levels.

Osteoporosis and Periodontal Health

Osteoporosis happens when the body fails to form enough new bone, or when the body absorbs too much old bone. Because gum disease can also lead to bone loss, the two diseases have been studied for possible connections. Research has found that women with periodontal bacteria in their mouths were more likely to have bone loss in the oral cavity and jaw, which can lead to tooth loss. Studies conducted over a 10 year period also found that osteoporosis patients could significantly reduce tooth loss by controlling gum disease.

If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, it is extremely important to take preventative measures against periodontal disease to protect your teeth and all the bones in your mouth.

Pregnancy & Periodontal Health
Throughout a woman’s life, hormonal changes affect tissue throughout the body. Fluctuations in levels occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. At these times, the chance of periodontal disease may increase, requiring special care of your oral health.

Your gums and teeth are also affected during pregnancy. Between the second and eighth month, your gums may also swell, bleed, and become red or tender. Large lumps may appear as a reaction to local irritants. However, these growths are generally painless and not cancerous. They may require professional removal, but usually disappear after pregnancy.

Periodontal health should be part of your prenatal care. Any infections during pregnancy, including periodontal infections, can place a baby’s health at risk.

The best way to prevent periodontic infections is to begin with healthy gums and continue to maintain your oral health with proper home care and careful periodontic monitoring.

The doctors at Periodontal Associates work closely with your dentist, but a referral by a dentist is not required to visit our office. We also welcome referrals from patients and friends of the practice. We are extraordinarily proud of our staff, which is comprised of caring and dedicated professionals. They will ensure that your periodontal and administrative needs are met as efficiently and smoothly as possible. We are here to address your questions and concerns and to help provide solutions leading to your better health. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time if you have any inquiries regarding your care.

Our practice is open:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Fridays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Please allow approximately (60) minutes for your initial visit. We require at least two business days notice of a hygiene appointment cancellation, and 1 week notice of a surgical cancellation or a fee may apply. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day. Our doctors are on call 24 hours a day in emergency situations, for our surgical patients.

What to watch for: The link between Oral Health and Systemic Disease

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