This estimate may have been off by as much as 50 percent. This new finding should be a wake-up call If you have not had a complete exam in the last six months. This news affects YOU and your loved ones!
The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy the gum attachment and supporting bone that holds your teeth in your mouth. Periodontal diseases are far more common than the common cold: 90% of adults and 30% of children have some form of periodontal disease and 37% have severe forms of the disease. You are far more likely to lose your teeth to periodontal disease than decay. In fact, 60% of all adult tooth extractions are due to periodontal diseases. They have also been linked to a number of medical problems. The risk of developing heart disease is up to 168% greater if you have a periodontal infection. Fatal Coronary Heart Disease is 50% more likely. Strokes are 300% more likely and, for women, pre-term births are 700% more likely. There are also increased risks for diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Fortunately, periodontal diseases are preventable and treatable.
Because periodontal diseases progress very slowly and usually without pain, they often escape early notice. Traditional tests such as X-Rays, periodontal probing and bleeding only reveal problems after the damage has already occurred. We now know that periodontal diseases are communicable bacterial infections. As saliva is shared through kissing, sneezing, shared utensils, etc., periodontal bacteria could be transmitted among individuals. Because we care about you and your health, we are constantly attending continuing education courses to keep abreast of new research and techniques.
What does this mean to you? It means that we can determine whether you are at risk of losing your teeth to periodontal disease far earlier than was previously possible. Early diagnosis can help you to keep your natural teeth healthy and vital for the rest of your life and reduce the risk of serious medical diseases. During your next visit, we determine whether you have any bacterial infections below your gums. You may even have the chance to see these microorganisms for yourself with a high power, phase contrast video microscope.
You can be justly proud of the training and experience of your dental health team. We pride ourselves on keeping up with the latest advances in modern periodontics. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
Dear Dr. Gallardo,
Thank you very much for taking me from Dr. W on such short notice. You literally saved my day, Friday the 13th!
I have to tell you as a professional observer and consultant to many small business, I was very impressed with your practice.
1 – Your staff quickly processed me in and assured me that I would be quickly seen.
2 -Upon arrival in the treatment room, each of your treatment staff came by personally introduced themselves to me, shook my hand and one even removed her mask so I could see her face. This says so much about your practices commitment to care and practice branding, my area of specialty.
3 – Upon relocation into the 2nd treatment room, your staff placed the TV on CNN for me, covered me with a surgical blanket, asked about my comfort and reassured me you were the expert surgeon to resolve my situation.
4 – Your beside manner was very appreciated – polite, but to the business hand. I could hear how you were interacting with your staff, giving guidance, “No we can’t use that one, because it’s bent; get another. Did you test it? Test it before you give it to me” and “No not that one, the one on the right will do well.” Each time your staff adjusted course, providing you what you requested quickly, correctly and without a lot of dialog.
5 – The procedure was less than 20 minutes once you started; your staff post-op explained to me what I could/could not eat. Provided me with a bottle of COLD water (very appreciated) and a hot towel. That surprised me and was a great way to wrap up the visit.
6 – On the way out, your staff thanked me and had my prescriptions printed and waiting for me while I booked my two-week follow up.
So, I have to tell you: very smooth. Few practices have this flow of process seamless of procedure that yours do. I was never once made to feel that I was imposing or skewing your afternoon schedule. You treated me as if one of your one. WOW, What a great experience. I can only assume you have the metrics to measure these activities and use them to better leverage your practice, branding and revenue.
Again, Thank you Dr. Gallardo.