In spirit of American Heart Month, Dr. Keith Chertok would like to help educate you on how having gum disease in Berkeley, CA, can significantly impact your health and quality of life. He also wants to motivate you to improve your oral health and hygiene so you can avoid the negative changes that periodontal disease can bring to your life.

Impact of Periodontal Disease to Your Body

Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that is caused by bacteria. It attacks healthy gum tissue, and in more advanced stages, attacks bone tissue supporting the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to bone loss and increase your risk of other chronic health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

The Effects Are Not Limited to Your Mouth

Gum disease has long been known to be a destroyer of healthy gums and teeth, but did you know that it can drastically interfere with the way you function daily? Periodontal disease can lead to bone loss, swollen gums, missing teeth and the development of many health complications, including heart disease. While many people are aware of how it can destroy their health and smile, many are not aware of how it can affect their lives outside of their bodies.

Ways gum disease can alter your quality of life include:

•  Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem
•  Psychological discomfort
•  Social disability
•  Speech problems
•  Reduced ability to taste and chew foods
•  Inability to relax
•  Increased irritability
•  Interference in ability to handle daily tasks

Dr. Chertok recommends you brush twice a day, floss daily and to use mouthwash to improve both your oral health and overall wellbeing. He wants to help increase your chances of living a happy and productive life while reducing your chances of developing heart disease and other ailments. He also strongly recommends for you to receive a periodontal exam from a periodontist annually to prevent you from developing gum disease in Berkeley, CA.

To schedule your periodontal exam or to start gum disease treatment, contact our dental office at (510) 423-0748 for an appointment with Dr. Chertok.