What is Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is extremely common and progresses with age. At any given moment approximately half of the population has it, and once you have it doesn’t go away without treatment. It is estimated that during their lifetime 80% of the U.S. population will develop gum disease. According to insurance statistics less than 5% of those infected are actually getting treatment.
The initial stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis, while the more advanced stages with deep pocketing and bone loss are called Periodontitis. While no one has reported to have died because of gum disease directly, it increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and a host of other life threatening diseases. This relationship between gum disease and more critical diseases is part of the “oral-systemic connection,” where bacteria from your mouth find avenues into your bloodstream and subsequently the rest of your body.
The good news is we can combat the onset of periodontal disease through diligent brushing and flossing, using toothpaste and mouthwash that specifically combat anaerobic bacteria and sulfur compounds, and improved nutrition and beneficial supplements. Regular visits to your dentist for preventative care and checkups will support your dental health and let you know if you are at additional risk.
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