"Inflammation is the enemy. You must gain control, then maintain control. There is no curing gum disease. A team effort, by doctor and patient, is essential to improved health and saving teeth" - Dr. Finley

Dangers of Gum Disease in Lafayette, LA

Gum disease destroys the bone and gum attachment to your teeth and can lead to:

  • Red, painful, bleeding and swollen gums
  • Loose and shifting teeth
  • Loss of teeth
  • Poor chewing
  • Unattractive smile
  • Bad breath
  • Increased Risks for Health Problems

There are millions of germs that live in your mouth. If you suffer from gum disease, you have open wounds in your gums that allow the bacteria to enter directly into your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body. Some of the bacteria normally found in the mouth enter your bloodstream through infected gums and can relocate to other parts of your body with the potential of creating disease in other organs and systems.

Much research is being done to investigate the links between periodontal disease and other systemic illnesses. Research has shown some links between periodontal disease and heart disease, ischemic stroke, respiratory disease, head and neck cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, and increased risk of pre-term delivery.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for the majority of adults in the United States. Losing your teeth, however, is not the only danger of this disease.

When you have gum disease, there is an active, living infection in your mouth. This infection releases toxins to the entire body through the blood vessels in your mouth causing a variety of health-related issues.

Dr. James M. Finley, located in Lafayette, LA, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Lafayette, Crowley, Breaux Bridge, Opelousas, St. Martinville, New Iberia, Abbeville, Maurice, and surrounding areas. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!

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