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You've heard of zero tolerance policies before for driving over the speed limit? Well, all of us at Maxwell Dental (formerly Evans Dental Health & Wellness) are just as committed to keeping you and your loved ones out of harm's way as are the police ... dental health is serious business. There are real bad guys wreaking havoc in your mouth! Bleeding gums greatly increase your risks of not only painful and expensive dental complications but they also expose you to chronic degenerative problems throughout your entire body.

It's an unfortunately common practice in dentistry to refer to bleeding gums and deep dental pockets as "just a little bleeding". There's a better way. By saying no to bleeding gums, we demonstrate our commitment to not only reject a history of supervised neglect, but also to honor a core value of always offering the best treatments from a systemic wellness standpoint. Having untreated chronic infections in your mouth IS a big deal, and bleeding gums is like flashing lights in your rear view mirror.

How big of a deal? Dr. Duane Keller (innovator of Perio Protect) offers an analogy: If you were to measure and add up the total surface area of the attachments between the roots of your teeth and your gums, you would have an area about the size of the palm of your hand. Now consider that when this area is infected and inflamed, you essentially have and open wound. The risks associated with allowing an open undressed wound of similar size somewhere else on your body to go untreated are clear. The risk of infection and the spreading of bacteria is all too real, be it for wounds located outside, or for wounds inside of the mouth.

The good news is that you CAN make a difference! We know more than ever before about how to eliminate periodontal disease. Book your own New Patient Exam to get started.

Past President of The American Academy of Oral Systemic Health Dr. Dan Sindelar addresses fellow dental offices with the message of zero tolerance for bleeding gums.

Actress and TV Host Whoopi Goldberg shares her experience of realizing too late the importance of taking care of her teeth and the role dental health plays on overall health.