It is estimated that more than 90% of patients in long-term care facilities have at least some form of periodontal disease.
Traditionally, dentists have focused on caring for teeth. As patients live longer and keep more teeth throughout their lives, the health of their gums becomes more important. In fact, it is estimated that more than 90% of patients in long-term care facilities have some level of periodontal disease (unhealthy gums).
In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in elderly patients. Unfortunately, the impact does not stop there. Periodontal (gum) disease has also been shown to be linked to other chronic health conditions with potentially dire consequences. Research shows a direct link between gum disease and increased risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.
At LifeCycle Dental, part of every regular check-up includes a search for periodontal disease. Like most things, treatment when the disease is in its early stages is often simple, predictable, and effective. Our entire team – from the hygienists to the dentists -- aims to protect patients from the potentially devastating effects of gum disease with a heavy dose of prevention. We pay very close attention to measurements like pocket depth to catch early signs that periodontal disease may be starting, and we recommend treatment as quickly as possible.