Beverly Hills, California (February 2010) – Top Beverly Hills dentist Dr. Alex Farnoosh advises patients of the importance of routine periodontal exams. In spite of the common saying, when it comes to periodontal disease, what you don’t know can hurt you. Only two in 10 Americans think they have some form of periodontal or gum disease, when in fact studies have shown that more than 75% of American adults over age 35 have at least one of these diseases.
In addition to your oral health, recent studies have shown that periodontal disease may be a risk factor for many systemic diseases and conditions. If left untreated, gum disease can cause bad breath, swollen and receding gums, extremely sensitive teeth, and eventual tooth loss. Also, independent studies have indicated a relationship between gum disease and development of cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and other conditions such as pancreatic cancer.
Studies have shown that pregnant women with periodontal disease may be up to seven times more likely to have a pre-term, low birth weight baby. Dr. Farnoosh recommends to pregnant women, “A periodontal exam should always be a part of pre-natal care.” In most cases periodontal disease is painless until it is in the most advanced stages. “Gum disease is a silent killer,” says Dr. Farnoosh. It is important to remember that even if you have none of these symptoms; you may still have periodontal disease.
At Dr. Farnoosh’s Beverly Hills office, the dentist can professionally treat periodontal disease using the latest technology and laser treatments to help you maintain your overall health. “I recommend routine periodontal exams every six months for all patients,” says Dr. Alex Farnoosh. Participating in regular checkups and treating periodontal disease early is the best way to have a great looking smile, and maintain your total health.