June 18, 2014

Periodontal Disease: Here's What You Can Do

Periodontal disease (gum inflammation plus loss of bone around teeth) is a bacterial infection. It affects 47% of the American population over the age of 30. The association of gum disease and systemic disease is becoming more apparent.  However, periodontal health can be established and maintained.
What can you do?
  • eliminate or reduce tobacco use
  • keep your calcium and vitamin D levels optimum with a healthy diet and supplements
  • be aware of medications that cause dry mouth and keep your mouth moist
  • be mindful of your insulin and sugar levels to prevent diabetes
  • keep your mouth free of tooth decay
  • fix any defective fillings or crowns
  • keep your teeth brushed and flossed daily and with regular professional cleanings
You can't keep from getting older (and therefore more prone to the disease), or your genetic makeup, but you can make informed decisions about your oral health status and treat accordingly.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc.,
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
(661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com
5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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