Gum disease is the number one reason why most adults lose their teeth. It causes the gums to recede, bone support to be lost, teeth to become mobile – and then eventually fall out. But did you know that gum disease (periodontal disease) also has very serious health ramifications?

Untreated gum disease is directly linked with many different health conditions; problems like diabetes, infertility, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea and even erectile dysfunction. In fact, the worse off the gum disease is – the more likely your associated health problems are to be severe in nature. To control one, you have to address them both.

Bacteria Throughout Your Body

Active oral infections like gum disease allow live bacteria to enter directly into your bloodstream. This happens in the infected gum pocket around your tooth, where plaque has packed and built up over time. Your gums are probably swollen or bleed when you floss these areas (both signs of an infection.) As the bacteria cross into your bloodstream, they travel throughout the rest of your body.

Scientific research has shown that these bacteria can build up and deposit themselves throughout the heart and cardiovascular system – deposits have even been seen in the cranial arteries of stroke victims.

It’s not just your own health at stake. Pregnant mothers may risk their unborn baby to premature labor or low birth weight, due to bacteria passing through the placenta to their child. Gum disease may even make it more difficult to become pregnant in the first place, as recent studies have linked it directly with infertility.

Eliminating the Source

The first step to gaining control over your oral health and improving other medical conditions is to eliminate the bacteria from your mouth. This involves thoroughly brushing the gumlines and flossing around each tooth, every day. Flossing cannot be skipped – as it’s the only way to target bacteria between your teeth or under your gumlines. People with active periodontitis may also benefit from other types of oral hygiene aids such as floss threaders or water flossers to reach harder to access areas.

Of course, brushing and flossing won’t remove calcified buildup that has already formed. Even great oral hygiene may miss some plaque now and then, and tartar deposits slowly accumulate under the gumlines. That’s why we recommend regular dental cleanings at least twice a year to remove these deposits. If they aren’t removed, they cause the gums to continue detaching from the tooth surface.

In more severe cases of gum disease, we may suggest that you have a deep cleaning. Deep cleanings focus on all of the root surfaces throughout every deep pocket, thoroughly cleaning them so that the gums can reattach. The process doesn’t happen overnight. It takes dedicated daily home care and some symptoms may take up to two weeks or more to reverse.

At Marconi Dental Group, we do everything we can to help you avoid gum surgery. We want your smile to be healthy, along with the rest of you! If it’s been longer than 6 months since your last cleaning, or if you suffer from swollen, bleeding gums – call us today!

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.