Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Several studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease, and in light of American Heart Month, Dr. Chertok is trying to educate people on the symptoms of gum disease, as well as help them understand the options available to them. Preventing gum disease and treating periodontal disease in Berkeley is very important to Dr. Chertok.
Millions of Americans suffer from the effects of gum disease, and often, the most common symptoms may not even appear until the disease is at an advanced stage. Studies indicate that older people have the highest incidences of gum disease and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70 percent of Americans 65 and older are suffering from the effects of periodontitis. Warning signs of gum disease include swollen or tender gums, receding gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, loose teeth, and persistent bad breath.
For many years, scientists thought that the bacteria responsible for gum disease was the link between periodontal disease and other diseases, like heart disease, but recent research has shown that inflammation is probably more responsible for the link. Dental professionals posit that treating the inflammation associated with gum disease might also help with the management of other inflammatory conditions.
Research has indicated that gum disease is a risk factor for many serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer. Gum disease has also been shown to aggravate existing heart conditions, as well as make people more prone to getting heart disease without any pre-existing heart conditions.
Preventing gum disease is integral to overall body health. Without treatment for periodontal disease, Berkeley patients can experience many other negative health effects. For more information about gum disease or Dr. Keith Chertok and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.berkeleyperiodontist.com and call 510-423-0748.
About the Doctor:
Keith Chertok, DDS is a periodontist offering personalized dental care for Berkeley, CA gum disease patients. Dr. Chertok graduated in the top five percent of his class from the New York University College of Dentistry and was elected to the honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He received the Quintessence Award for excellence in Periodontics and went on to complete a Hospital Residency program at the New York VA hospital. Dr. Chertok arrived in California to study Periodontics and Implantology at UCSF. He taught at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF dental school and continues to teach education courses to dentists and dental hygienists. Dr. Chertok is the attending periodontist in charge of periodontal education for the dental residents at the Veterans Hospital Healthcare System of Northern California at Mare Island. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Keith Chertok and his dental services visit his website at http://www.berkeleyperiodontist.com and call 510-423-0748.