Five Facts About Gum Disease
The gums are an important part of good oral health, and yet they are often overlooked. But doing so can lead to several dental conditions including gum disease. In this blog post, Piqua dentist, Dr. Lytha Miller, shares five common facts about the condition.
Half of All American Adults Have Gum Disease
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans age 30 or older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of gum disease. A reason for this high statistic is that the early stages of gum disease are painless and develop slowly over time. For these reasons, routine checkups are important in detecting and treating gum disease.
Gum Disease Is the Leading Cause of Tooth Loss
Without proper care or intervention, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Over time, advanced gum disease (periodontitis) causes the connective tissue between the teeth and gums to dissolve. Without the support of these tissues, teeth may become loose and eventually fall out.
Gum Disease Is Linked to Other Health Conditions
Gum disease is an inflammatory condition caused by oral bacteria. Eventually, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream or airway and spread to other parts of the body leading to serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and pneumonia. Research has also found that gum disease is a risk factor for certain cancers.
Some People Are at a Higher Risk of Gum Disease
Although anyone is at risk of developing gum disease, there are some people with a higher risk. These risk factors include: family history, poor dental hygiene, diabetes, stress, smoking, dry mouth and misaligned teeth.
Gum Disease Can Be Prevented and Treated
The easiest way to maintain healthy teeth and gums and lower your risk of gum disease is by having good oral health. This includes brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist every six months. If your dentist determines that you have some form of gum disease, they can treat it and prevent the condition from worsening. At Sunset Dental, Dr. Lytha Miller provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for gum disease. Depending on the severity, our team may recommend deep cleaning, scaling and root planing or another form of treatment.