Periodontal (gum) disease
Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.
In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.
The hectic pace of today's adult lifestyle often leaves little time for the daily oral health care routine needed to prevent cavities and periodontal disease. The is unfortunate since periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. An estimated 75% of Americans reportedly have some form of periodontal disease.
Early detection of periodontal disease reduces the risk of permanent damage of teeth and gums and can prevent more extensive and costly treatment in the future. Gingivitis is where periodontal disease can begin. It is usually painless, therefore, professional visits are important to diagnose and treat it effectively.
Did you Know?
People with diabetes are 2x more likely to develop serious gum disease.
Gum Disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults 35 and over.
Smoking, crooked teeth, defective fillings, pregnancies, and use of oral contraceptives are some factors that increase the risk of gum disease.
A diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, found in foods like fish and nuts, can help lower the risks of gum disease.