The Secret Killer

“The secret killer” was a cover story in the Time Magazine addressing the “surprising link between inflammation and heart attacks, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, and what we can do to fight it.”

The article went on to describe that more studies are uncovering new ways that chronic inflammation does harm to the body.  “It destabilizes cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries leading to heart attacks and strokes.  It chews up nerve cells in the brain of Alzheimer’s victims.  It may even facilitate the transformation of abnormal cells into cancer.
Chronic inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the feared illnesses of middle and old age.”

At Frank C Raymer DDS office you will not suffer the effects of inadequately treated chronic gum inflammation.  We are one of the few offices with the means to offer comprehensive therapy.

“A Healthy mouth can add years to your life!” was stated by the founders of the Mayo clinic.

The link between gum disease and systemic diseases that afflict the body has an increasing body of evidence.

The U.S. Surgeon General believes that pathology within can influence systemic disease.  Numerous studies have shown there is a strong correlation between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications and respiratory disease.

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease or gum disease then you have an infection of the bone and supporting structures (teeth). Before 30 years of age, decay is the major reason for tooth loss, and after 30 years of age, gum disease is the major reason for tooth loss.  Approximately 80 percent of the adult population has gum disease to one degree or another.

Periodontal disease is evident with swollen tissue at the gum line, infection below the gums and bacteria in the oral region. Halting the progression of this disease will reduce the risk of bone loss and also reduce the chances of developing other serious illnesses.

Some factors found with periodontal disease;


Individuals with diabetes are more likely to either have or develop periodontal disease.  The blood sugar levels can increase with periodontal disease present so controlling the amount of glucose in the blood can be difficult to monitor.  This alone is a very dangerous complication for diabetics.  Diabetes also have

Thickened blood vessels and therefore it is harder for the mouth to rid itself of excess sugar in the mouth creating a breeding ground for bacteria.


There are several theories which can explain the link between heart disease and periodontitis.  One theory links the bacteria that causes periodontitis to enter blood stream and attach to the coronary arteries this contributes to blood clot formation and narrowing of arteries, possibly leading to heart attack.




Woman are more susceptible to developing periodontal disease due to hormonal fluctuations.  It has been shown that pregnant women suffering from periodontal disease are more at risk of preeclampsia and delivering underweight, premature babies.

Respiratory Disease

Oral bacteria that causes gum disease has been linked to causing or worsening conditions such as emphysema, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Studies also show repeated infections characterize COPD may be lined with periodontitis.

In addition inflammation in the gums can lead to severe inflammation in the lining of the lungs, which aggravates pneumonia.  Those who suffer from chronic respiratory issues generally have low immunity are more susceptible to bacteria colonizing beneath the gum line which is not fought off by the body’s immune system.


We offer a preventative treatment approach to periodontal disease at Frank C Raymer DDS office.

Periodontal bacteria can cause an inflammatory reaction which leads to a breakdown in the connection between teeth and gums. The space created by the inflammation is called a periodontal pocket.  While everyone has some pocketing the normal depths are 1-3 mm.  You can keep 3mm or less clean by yourself with routine brushing, flossing and rinsing. Coming in to be scaled by the hygienist every 6 months; However when the pockets become deeper than 3 mm  We will educate you on proper home car and have you come in to have our hygienist scale your teeth more often sometimes deep cleanings are needed to get below the gum line. 



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