Gum disease or periodontal disease affects over 75 percent of the United States and is the number one reason for tooth loss.
Here at Oakton Family Dentistry we find it very important to keep ourselves informed of the latest scientific research available. We know that having an unhealthy mouth has direct links to systemic disease and puts you at greater risk of developing serious systemic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune and inflammatory diseases and pre-term labor. We also know that already having a systemic illness puts you at greater risk for periodontal infections. You can reduce your risk for future illnesses and reduce the negative impact on current illnesses by improving your oral health, and in some cases reverse your illness entirely. So, good health starts with a healthy mouth.