Patient Information on Gum Disease and Orthodontics

For patients and other interested parties the following is a short summary of periodontal diseases and why they will cause massive tooth loss with time, if untreated.

This is particularly important for the orthodontic patient because braces can turn simple gum inflammation into progressively destructive periodontitis (Pyorrhea) Рeven in teenagers and young adults. It is estimated that over 50% of orthodontic patients have some kind of damage to their gums (Waldrop T,  2008) and it is estimated that braces can cause permanent damage to the supporting bone in 5-8 % of all orthodontic patients.

Of course, if you have any questions Dr. Murphy is available for elaboration.

Go to the following links  to learn more.

Patient Homework perio

Patient Homework orthodontics

Carpe Diem!

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