Your gums are as important to your oral health as are your teeth. You can be thankful that excellent periodontal treatment exists today that can correct even the most advanced forms of periodontal disease; but learning all you can about gum disease now, its effects, its causes, and its "cures" can help your prevent it to begin with.
Laser surgeries have appeared in multiple arenas of the modern medical scene, bringing with them great benefits. Dentistry has also been revolutionized at points by the introduction of laser-based surgical tools, including those used for periodontal treatments.
Your oral and dental hygiene affects your overall health in many ways we are only beginning to understand. Recent studies, for example, show the importance of a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums in preventing or managing diabetes, the connection between oral health and heart health, the way that periodontal inflammations can lead to inflammations in other parts of your body, and more.
According to one CDC estimate, half of all US adults age 30 and up have at least some form of periodontal disease. That includes everything from the mildest first stages of gingivitis to the most advanced cases of periodontitis, but it is a staggering statistic nonetheless.
Not only can periodontal (gum) disease destroy and infect periodontal tissue, loosen teeth, and lead to tooth loss, it can also increase your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer's, make diabetes more difficult to control, and give you chronic bad breath that can hurt your relationships.