It’s estimated that roughly 50% of adults in the United States have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, also known more commonly as gum disease. This is more prevalent than many people think. In adults 65 years and older, those rates jumped to about 70%. The most alarming of these statistics is that most people who suffer from some form of gum disease are simply unaware because gum disease can be symptomless.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bones that surround the teeth. If left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth loss. It’s important to note however, that not all cases will progress and become worse. The easiest way to combat gum disease is through regular visits to the dentist.
Your Marlton dental care office can spot gum disease in its earliest stages, making it easily treatable when caught early enough. While symptoms can be hard to spot, there are a few key markers to be on the lookout for. Those most common are:
- Red and puffy (swollen) gums that easily bleed when brushed
- Loose teeth
- Consistent or frequent bad breath
- A subtle change in your bite
- Gumline separation from your teeth
A Good Defense for Gum Disease
There are a number of preventive measures that work to protect your gums and teeth. The gums have a natural lining on them that helps to provide the mouth with a way to heal and protect itself from these intrusive outside bacterial elements. They work to fight away the germs while providing an extra protective layer to keep the gums and teeth intact. This seal works to prevent plaque and gingivitis from entering them. Gingivitis or inflammation of the gums is what usually precedes gum disease, however, it is important to note that not all gingivitis will progress to gum disease.
Take Control of Your Oral Health
Controlling your oral health is very important. Studies have shown that when you do not get the necessary oral care and hygiene you are in need of, this can lead to much more severe health issues such as heart attacks, strokes, and a series of other dangerous medical problems.
Proper dental care should always include taking care of your gums. Get consistent cleanings from your dentist or oral hygienist and brush and floss daily. Maintaining good oral health habits is something that everyone should do and should be taught to children at a young age.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any symptoms of gum disease as mentioned above, we suggest scheduling a consultation with one of our outstanding periodontists who can provide a thorough evaluation and recommendation for your oral health needs. Call our office at (877) 422-6257 to learn even more or schedule an appointment. You can also learn more about our medical staff by visiting our website at https://www.thedentalspecialtycenter.com/locations/marlton-nj/
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