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Periodontal Disease Is Common and Serious

One of the most common diseases in the world is the infection and destruction of the gums and bone in the mouth known as gum disease, pyorrhea or periodontitis.  This disease affects millions of adults and can begin early in life.  Our mouth contains many different kinds of germs, and some are even beneficial in the digestion of our food.  Unfortunately, other germs can cause infection and disease around our teeth and gums if not removed regularly.  Tooth decay and periodontitis can be caused by these germs and both of these diseases will progress beyond our body’s ability to stop them.  This is a very important point.  Only regular dental treatment and therapy will halt the destruction of the teeth, gums and bone in our mouth.

Periodontal disease is destructive to our body.  Imagine a chronic infection of your skin that penetrates to the bone! That is what periodontitis can lead to.  If the teeth or gums are injured or infected an opening to germs is available for them to enter our jaw bone and bloodstream and cause problems in other areas of the body.  In one recent study, people with serious gum disease were 40% more likely to have a chronic health condition as well.  The germs, or the inflammation caused by our body’s reaction to those germs, can put an extra burden on the immune system that normally keeps us healthy.

If you already have heart disease, diabetes or are pregnant, periodontitis will make it more difficult for the body to stay healthy.  Periodontal disease complicates diabetes, and up to 91% of patients with heart disease have periodontitis.  Other risk factors include smoking, being overweight and not enjoying a healthy diet.

As we age our gums naturally recede.  This opens areas between our teeth that collect food particles and the germs that eat them.  These germs then infect our gums and cause destructive cavities on the roots of our teeth.

For all of these reasons, it is important to have the teeth and gums cleaned at least every 6 months and patients with the above risk factors are encouraged to have cleanings every 4 months to catch problems as early as possible.  Many times, simple therapy is all that is needed to reverse or prevent further damage or referral to a specialist. Our office will help you maintain your teeth and gums at their healthiest with regular visits and care.

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A year has passed since COVID first made its impact on the world.  All of us have been affected by the virus but our team at Morfas Family Dentistry took great steps from the very beginning to prevent us from contracting COVID while serving our patients.  I am truly grateful and happy to acknowledge that none of our team contracted the virus!

At the same time, we enhanced some of our protocols at the office to further protect our patients.  All of our team has received both doses of the COVID vaccine. We keep our waiting room socially-distanced and have patients waiting in the car until their appointed time. We take patients’ temperature upon entry to the office and ask the key questions related to COVID symptoms. All of our dental instruments and equipment are sterilized, which has always been part of our sanitizing protocol.

Morfas Family Dentistry has always made it our goal to provide our patients and staff with a safe and comfortable environment combined with the finest in dental care, and I am so very fortunate to work with the best group of people that I could ask for.  We will continue to constantly monitor any new developments with this and future viral outbreaks so that our patients can always expect the safest and best dental care possible at Morfas Family Dentistry.

Sincerely,

Dr. Morfas