Bensalem, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/18/2014 -- Poor oral health is linked to overall health problems, ranging from diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is by far the most widespread disease in the world—even more ubiquitous than the common cold. Dr. Michael Brogna can set up a periodontal therapy that is easily followed to help his patients get rid of this sly, pervasive infection.
Periodontal disease starts with the formation of bio-film or plaque, a sticky substance that can be seen on the teeth and felt with the tongue. If not cleaned properly by daily tooth-brushing and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning, it starts to dissolve the jawbone, tooth roots and gums.
"Layers of plaque build up and become as hard as cement. They start to push the gum away from the tooth enamel, causing a pocket to form," explains Dr. Brogna. Bacteria in the mouth then easily find their way into these pockets and multiply, after which the enamel trapped by the plaque begins to soften and the gum tissue at the base of the tooth becomes red and sore. This allows the bacteria to get into the bloodstream. From there, things go downhill quickly.
This sounds almost too gruesome to be true but the bacteria from periodontal disease is capable of traveling within the body and infecting vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and lungs. This is a serious situation because a toothbrush may be able to remove plaque from teeth, but not from the organs. Gum disease can be deadly if not treated in time.
Dr. Brogna elaborates, "Previously, dentists focused on saving your teeth primarily through regular dental care. Today, however, we have to adopt a broader perspective. If you suffer from an inflammatory condition such as periodontal disease, you risk facing more severe systemic problems, whether it is rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or heart problems. Today, as we care for your teeth, we're not just improving your dental health, which is an admirable objective in itself; we could be saving your life as well."
About Dr. Brogna
Dr. Brogna has completed almost 1,000 hours of continuing education. In 2004, he received the prestigious Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. This award is only bestowed upon dentists who exemplify a commitment to continuing education and outstanding patient care.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brogna, call (215) 638-3350.