Tavormina Dentistry Launches Gum Disease Awareness Campaign

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Loose or missing teeth, a sign of gum disease, may contribute to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illnesses.

In a response to the under-recognition of gum disease as a serious and threatening health condition, Tavormina Dentistry of Millburn, NJ, announces the launch of their gum disease awareness campaign. Tavormina Dentistry has launched the campaign to inform their patients about the greater health risks associated with gum disease—risks that are not generally understood or accepted by the general population, the most common and obvious being loose or missing teeth.

"Anyone suffering from loose teeth, bleeding gums and bad breath should seek the help of their dental practitioner in order to take care of the dental problem and prevent further complications," advised Dr. Vincent Tavormina. "In order to address this important issue, we offer an open door policy to anyone with loose or missing teeth to receive a free gum disease evaluation, and we encourage other dental offices to do the same."

According to Glenda Tavormina, D.D.S., between 70 and 90% of the population suffers from some form of gum disease; yet, most are unaware of the correlation between loose and missing teeth and several other systemic illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia and a greater risk of premature and low birthweight births.

In a New York Times article of January 19, 1999, Robert Genco, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Periodontology and professor of oral biology at the State University of New York at Buffalo explained, "People think of gum disease in terms of their teeth, but they don’t think about the fact that gum disease is a serious infection that can release bacteria into the bloodstream. The end result could mean additional health risks for people whose health is already affected by other diseases—or lead to serious complications like heart disease."

Gum disease, or periodontitis, occurs when bacteria in the mouth infects the gums and the underlying bones in the teeth, causing infection and symptoms such as bleeding, sensitive and irritated gums. Over time, the infected gums recede from the teeth, creating pockets that allow the infection to spread and loosen teeth. New research suggests these infections are then easily transferred to the bloodstream where they infect other systems of the body, making gum disease a silent health concern of epidemic proportions.

About Tavormina Dentistry

Drs. Vincent and Glenda Tavormina are graduates of the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery and have been in practice since 1978. Dr. Vincent Tavormina serves as a member of numerous highly-regarded dental associations and is an internationally recognized educator and practitioner in the field of implant dentistry. Dr. Glenda Tavormina works as a respected author, speaker and consultant in the dental community. The gum disease awareness campaign is a natural extension of their commitment to life-long and continued educational awareness and improvement. For more information, and to take advantage of the free evaluation, please visit http://www.tavorminadentistry.com.

Media Contact:

Glenda Tavormina, D.D.S.

973-761-5090

info@tavorminadentistry.com

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