National Geographic : 1931 Sep
01931 M. L . 1.CO. When I had Pyorrhea "Don't worry. The day Dr. Blank told me I had pyorrhea I was scared. I thought it was some kind of incurabledisease which meant the loss of all my teeth. But I didn't lose one and the pyorrhea is cured." O OST people instinctively dread pyorrhea. They know that it is an un pleasant disease of the gums and bony sockets of the teeth-a disease that causes the gums to recede and the teeth to loosen and fall out. But they may not know that even more serious than the loss of their teeth is the menace to health and even life which may follow the absorption into the blood of the poison of pyorrhea. There are several causes of pyorrhea. Overfeeding and improper diet are re sponsible for the majority of cases. A diet lacking milk, green vegetables, fruit and sufficient hard food to chew upon so as to bring a free circulation of blood through the gums, may lessen the resistance of the tissues to attacks by mouth bacteria. Several other conditions cause pyorrhea. It may come from injury to the gum by the careless use of toothbrush or dental floss. An accumulation of tartar at the gum line may be partly responsible. Crooked or missing teeth, ill-fitting crowns or bridge work that cause extra strain and pressure . on certain teeth may bring on pyorrhea. Bleeding and tenderness of the gums are usually the first signs of pyorrhea and call for prompt action. But in some cases these warn ings are absent and only X-rays can de Stect the destruction of the bony socket in E which the teeth are held-a destruction that may proceed painlessly and relent lessly until the teeth are lost and invalid ism results. I~ 'I FT.sfil i, In its early stages pyorrhea can be cured by expert treatment, and can often be checked even when further developed. But if the disease has progressed too far for cure, the affected teeth should be re moved in the interests of health. Visit your dentist regularly and have your teeth X-rayed if he advises it, so that in case pyorrhea is developing it may be treated before becoming serious. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will be glad to mail, without charge, the booklet "Good Teeth-How to get them and keep them." Ask for Booklet 9 31-N. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT . .- ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."