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What If You Could Vaccinate Against Gum Disease?

February 26, 2017
Posted By: Dental Care at Moon Valley
Vaccinate Against Gum Disease | Dental Care at Moon Valley

Almost 50% of the US population has mild, moderate, or severe periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease is an inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure. If left untreated, it can ultimately lead to permanent deterioration of the jaw bone and possible tooth loss.

Prevention Is the Key

Our goal is to educate and inform our patients about the important benefits of good oral health. If you are looking for dental care in the 80522 zip code, you should know that our dentist promotes prevention as the best way to avoid gum disease. Prevention includes diligent oral hygiene, semi-annual dental cleanings and exams, and treatment of problems while they are still small.

But many people still do not take these simple steps that are necessary to ensure good oral health. No one likes dental problems, and the truth is that, with diligent oral healthcare, no one needs to suffer with gum disease or complicated problems that require extensive treatment.

Can a Vaccination Help?

A team of researchers at the University of Melbourne have created a specific “designer vaccine” to stop mild gum disease (gingivitis) from developing into severe gum disease in patients who already have it.

Eliminating gum disease is not just good for your oral health, either. There are many studies showing that there is a direct link between chronic infections of the mouth and heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even pregnancy complications.

Call Your Phoenix Dentist

The new vaccine could begin human trials as soon as 2018 and be available before 2022. Until then, we encourage you to be proactive with your oral hygiene and dental cleanings to prevent gum disease from developing. In most cases, gum disease can be controlled, reduced, or eliminated with proper care. 

Wouldn’t it be great if 2022 came and you didn’t need the vaccine?

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