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Periodontists Urge Americans to Take Action against Highly Prevalent, Yet Seriously Overlooked Disease

With one in every two adults age 30 and older suffering from periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is calling for Americans to Love the Gums You’re With and take better care of their gums. Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, bone damage, loss of teeth, and can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is hardly ever discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency for people to properly care for their gums. Simple steps like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from a periodontist can help detect and prevent gum disease.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that, if left untreated, may cause damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 65 million Americans are affected by periodontal disease. In addition to diabetes, periodontal disease has been linked to other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer.

“Many people don’t know that  periodontal disease is so common and often overlooked,” said Stuart J. Froum, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, clinical professor and director of clinical research at New York University’s Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. “With more Americans suffering from this disease than diabetes, the AAP created Love the Gums You’re With to educate the public on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease.”

Periodontal disease typically does not cause pain until it’s in an advanced stage, at which point much of the damage has been done and tooth support destroyed. To raise awareness and help consumers better understand periodontal disease, the AAP is teaming up with Chris Harrison to launch the Love the Gums You’re With educational effort. As host of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Harrison has the experience to know first impressions are important and what makes a successful long-term relationship. Just as personal relationships thrive on daily attention and care, so does the relationship with your gums.

To aid in the prevention of periodontal disease, the AAP recommends establishing good oral hygiene habits including brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and discussing gum health with a dental professional. Each patient is unique, and a dental professional can make a referral to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation and specialized periodontal treatment plan.


About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth that form plaque below the gum line. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line. Poor oral hygiene is a primary cause of periodontal disease, but smoking is also a significant risk factor in the development and progression of the disease. While periodontal disease is mostly preventable and treatable, the early warning signs can be painless, leading to a lack of urgency in people to establish adequate oral hygiene habits or to discuss their periodontal health with a dental professional. With an appropriate diagnosis, the damage from periodontal disease is reversible in many cases.

Conventional treatments, although effective, are associated with many fears and side effects that cause patients to avoid treatment.  Today, utilizing a laser, we can effectively treat that majority of cases in a minimally invasive fashion with very little postoperative discomfort, if any.

Good periodontal health could prevent heart disease

Good periodontal health could prevent heart disease

New York, USA: Researchers from the U.S. have found that improvements in periodontal health were linked to a clinically significant slower progression of atherosclerosis, a disease associated with narrowing of arteries through the buildup of atheromatous plaques, which can lead to heart disease and stroke.

In the study, researchers from the Columbia University in the City of New York followed 420 adults, who were examined for periodontal infection and atherosclerosis. Over a period of three years, the researchers gathered over 5,000 plaque samples, which were taken from the participants’ teeth and gums, and analyzed for 11 bacterial strains. In addition, fluid samples were taken from around the gums to assess levels of interleukin-1β, a marker of inflammation.

The researchers observed that improvement in periodontal health and reduction in the proportion of a specific bacterium linked to periodontal disease correlated with a slower intima-media thickness (IMT) progression, a measure used to diagnose the extent of carotid atherosclerotic vascular disease.

According to the study, there was a 0.1 mm difference in IMT change over the period among study participants whose periodontal health was deteriorating compared with those who showed improvements in their periodontal health.

“It is critical that we continue to follow these patients to see whether the relationship between periodontal infections and atherosclerosis carries over to clinical events like heart attack and stroke and test whether modifying the periodontal flora will slow the progression of atherosclerosis,” said Dr. Ralph Sacco, former president of the American Heart Association.

The participants were originally enrolled in the Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study, a randomly sampled prospective cohort of Northern Manhattan residents.

The study, titled “Changes in Clinical and Microbiological Periodontal Profiles Relate to Progression of Carotid Intima‐Media Thickness: The Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study,” was published online on Oct. 28 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Laser Periodontal Treatment in Philadelphia and on the Main Line

Dr. Waasdorp performs minimally invasive laser periodontal therapy, offering patients state of the art periodontal treatment rather than having traditional periodontal surgery.  Dr. Waasdorp is the first periodontist on the Main Line to offer this technology to his patients.

Doctors have used lasers for many years to provide better care for their patients. LASIK vision correction and laser procedures in dermatology are widely accepted forms of treatment. Advanced laser technology can now be used for your periodontal, cosmetic, implant and surgical care in our Philadelphia area practice.

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Here are some of the benefits you can expect to experience with the Laser Deep Pocket Therapy.

More Comfortable

The YSGG uses laser energy and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures without the heat, vibration and pressure associated with the dental drill, and without using a scalpel to make incisions.

More Precise

The YSGG removes diseased tissue much more precisely than conventional methods. Greater precision in removing diseased tissues preserves more of the healthy tissues in your mouth. Minimally invasive treatment leads to quicker and better healing.

Less Bleeding and Swelling

Due to its conservative, gentle cutting action and coagulating capabilities, the YSGG performs many procedures with little or no bleeding and less post-operative swelling.

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes


A new consensus report from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) finds that periodontal health may play an important role in the management of diabetes. The report outlines clinical recommendations for dental professionals to use when treating people with diabetes and emphasizes the importance of annual comprehensive periodontal evaluations (CPE) as part of an effective diabetes management program. The consensus report is based on a large body of scientific evidence that suggests periodontal health may be helpful in controlling diabetes.

“The relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes is a bit of a catch-22,” says Dr. Stuart J. Froum, DDS, President of the AAP, clinical professor and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at New York University Dental Center. “People living with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease. At the same time, periodontal disease makes it more difficult for people with diabetes to control their symptoms because it can impair the body’s ability to process and/or utilize insulin.”    

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an inflammatory condition that if left untreated may cause damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth and can eventually lead to tooth loss. In addition to diabetes, periodontal disease has been linked to other systemic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Both periodontal disease and diabetes present serious public health problems, with millions of Americans affected by one or both of these conditions,” says Dr. Froum. “With what we now know about the impact periodontal health has on diabetes management, it is crucial for people diagnosed with diabetes to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This includes diligent home care, including brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, as well as receiving a CPE from a dental professional at least once a year. Treatment of periodontal disease in patients with diabetes has been shown to improve control of the disease.”