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Periodontic Specialists Can Help Improve Whole Body Health

It’s becoming more widely known that periodontal disease—a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones—has been linked to many systemic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. “There is more and more research that suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging,” affirms Dr. Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, owner of Cariodontal in Great Neck and Manhattan Oasis Dentistry in New York City. “Due to this link, there are times when patients with complex cases are being managed by both a dentist and a periodontist.”

According to Richter, periodontic specialists are dentists that specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. “Periodontists are experts in the treatment of oral inflammation,” he explains. “They often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as severe gum disease or complex medical history.” 

Richter shares that good health begins in the mouth. “The main way our body gets energy is from the food we eat and the liquids we drink. So, it is not surprising that our mouth plays a vital role in our body’s over-all health,” he says. “Caring for your teeth and gums is critical. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, I recommend visiting a board-certified periodontist.”

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