Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of the daytime talk show The View, openly discussed her struggle with gum disease with her audience and the media. She attributes her development of advanced periodontal disease to neglecting her oral health. Although she possessed great dental insurance, she did not visit her dentist regularly. She stated publicly that she would lose her teeth to the disease because it is eroding her jawbone. Periodontists and dentists throughout the United States have applauded Ms. Goldberg for discussing her condition with the public and endorsing oral-systemic health awareness. She vehemently acknowledged that a person’s overall wellbeing is linked to their oral health. After emergency gum surgery, Whoopi Goldberg returned to The View and urged her audience to take care of their oral health.
Gum Disease is a Serious Condition
Periodontal disease is a severe infection of the gum tissue. It is often painless. Diagnosis requires imaging and clinical examination. When gum disease advances, aggressive bacteria attack your teeth and gum tissue and may eventually destroy your facial bones. Periodontal disease is linked to debilitating conditions and ailments such as stroke, heart attack, cancer, and diabetes. Your best line of defense against gum disease is regular dental cleanings and checkups along with proper oral hygiene.
Gum Disease Warning Signs
- Red or purple looking gum tissue
- Gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing
- Loose teeth
- Gums that are sensitive to touch
Dr. Ann Kania encourages all of her patients to protect their teeth from gum disease by visiting her office regularly for checkups and cleanings. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Kania addresses even the most severe forms of gum disease with state-of-the-art technology and expertise. If you believe you have gum disease, don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact our Encinitas periodontist office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kania at (760) 642-0711. We serve patients from Del Mar, San Marcos, Oceanside, La Costa, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, and the surrounding San Diego communities.