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Periodontal Disease Described by Ottawa Dental Specialist

By pamelali, in News, on August 17, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa ON – Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, constitutes a bacterial infection of the gums, ligaments and bone that surround your teeth and hold them in your jaw. Usually painless until its final stages, gum disease is silent like heart disease — and can fool a patient.

“Prevention and treatment of periodontal disease are essential since they are part of a chronic inflammation in your body’s tissues,” observes Ottawa dental specialist, Dr. Pamela Li. “However, people often don’t see it as a serious concern. They see regular dental appointments as ‘just another cleaning.’”Increasingly, experts are studying how periodontal disease interacts with other conditions, and the results are sobering.

  • Diabetes: Diabetics are more likely to get infections, such as gum infections.
  • Smoking: Smoking raises your risk of getting gum disease – and reduces the likelihood of a successful treatment.
  • Heart Disease: Patients with uncontrolled gum disease have greater chances of contracting heart disease. Bacteria in your mouth can go all over your body – including to your heart.
  • Strokes: Gum disease is one factor that increases your risk of a stroke.
  • Pregnancy: Periodontal disease increases a woman’s chance of delivering low-birth-weight or premature babies.
  • COPD: Some researchers think oral bacteria can be aspirated into the lungs, leading to pneumonia – and cause or worsen chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“Our practice provides conservative periodontal treatment, including cleanings, laser periodontal therapy and Arestin,” explains Dr. Li, an Ottawa tooth whitening provider. Arestin is an antibiotic that destroys the bacteria hiding in periodontal pockets. After a dentist treats you with Arestin, it removes bacteria for as long as 21 days.

Lasers are also successful at treating periodontal disease since they can solve the problem very precisely without bleeding, discomfort, scarring, or a long recovery period.

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To learn more about Dr. Pamela Li’s Ottawa cosmetic dentistry, or Ottawa dentist visit call 613-232-0550, or e-mail:

About Dr. Pamela Li

From veneers and implants to TMJ disorders and cosmetic smile makeovers, Dr. Pamela Li’s Ottaw dental clinic provides an array of dental services meet your needs all in one convenient location. Dr. Li also fits patients for the PPM sports mouth guard which is based on neuromuscular principles and increases an athlete’s strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
An LVI dentist like Dr. Li is uniquely qualified to provide you with peace of mind knowing you’ve been treated with only the best.

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