Beverly Hills Periodontist, Dr. Sam Markzar, Explains Gum Disease Risk Factors

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Beverly Hills, CA, April 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nearly everyone is aware of the dangers associated with periodontal disease. The media is awash with recent scientific evidence that links periodontal disease to various illnesses, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and even certain cancers. However, few patients understand the risk factors for periodontal disease. Dr. Markzar, Beverly Hills periodontist, seeks to inform his patients and the public about the risk factors for periodontal disease to help them prevent the occurrence of this condition.

Periodontal disease is a serious condition. It develops when the harmful bacteria in the mouth are allowed to grow, without being removed by regular and thorough brushing and flossing. The harmful bacteria mix with food particles and white blood cells to form plaque, which is a clear, sticky film that coats the teeth. If the plaque is not cleared away, it forms tartar, which is the hard yellow substance that adheres to the teeth. The bacteria in plaque and tartar cause inflammation, which eventually leads to tissue loss and bone loss, as well as tooth loss. In addition to these oral health problems, periodontal disease has also been linked to a growing number of other serious conditions.

Although lack of good oral hygiene leads to periodontal disease, individuals with certain risk factors are more likely to develop this condition. The risk for periodontal disease increases with age. Over seventy percent of Americans aged 65 or over have periodontal disease. In addition, smoking, obesity, and poor nutrition increase the risk for developing periodontal disease. The presence of other systemic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, also increase the risk for developing periodontal disease. Stress, genetics, teeth grinding, and the use of certain medications increase the risk for developing periodontal disease as well, according to the American Association of Periodontology.

Dr. Markzar, Los Angeles dental implants specialist, stresses the importance of understanding the risk factors of periodontal disease. Patients who are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease need to visit their dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings to help prevent periodontal disease and to treat it before it develops into a severe condition that requires extensive treatments. Dr. Markzar, periodontist in Los Angeles, is experienced with treating periodontal disease at all stages, and has helped thousands of patients over the course of his career. Contact Dr. Markzar, Beverly Hills implants dentist, to schedule an appointment.

CONTACT: Beverly Hills Periodontal Arts and Implants Dr. Sam Markzar, DDS 8500 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 819 Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Phone: (310) 360-7570 Website:

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