What is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as gum disease, it is the destruction of gum tissues and bone around teeth. The disease has chronic inflammation that exhibits red gums, swollen gums, painful gums, bleeding gums, and the inability to chew in the area.

Causes of Periodontal Disease:
There are over 2,300 species of bacteria in the mouth that contribute to gum disease. They grow at the rate of 20 billion per hour. The bacteria secrete a chemical called endotoxin – that destroys the mouth.

Why is it Dangerous to Your Mouth?
Periodontal disease can cause your gums to shrink, massive bone loss, teeth to shift, open gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, loose teeth, pain, bad breath, speech problems, difficulty chewing, mouth infections, and tooth loss.

Why is it Dangerous to Your Body?
The dangerous endotoxin travels throughout the body and causes it to reject certain body parts and causes disease such as…

  • 75% increased chance of heart attack
  • 63% increased chance of pancreatic cancer
  • 50% increased chance of stroke
  • Causes diabetes
  • Causes respiratory diseases that affect breathing
  • Causes beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
  • Causes loss of vision, toes, sinus problems, and feeling exhausted

What can be done to Treat Gum Disease?
Implement the home care instructions written by Dr. Joe Kravitz. Receive detailed cleanings with Shirley, a registered dental hygienist. Receive sound-wave surgery with Dr. Kravitz to remove the harmful bacteria deep in the gums and allow for proper health.

If you are missing teeth, studies have shown that you are a great risk for heart attacks and strokes. You may want to consider the 3 Minute Implant™ to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can help you support a fixed set of teeth to improve your health, chewing, speaking and quality of life.

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Be well and healthy!

Dr. Joe Kravitz, DDS, MS
Dentist, Prosthodontist, Author, Researcher
Rockville, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC