According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the American Population has gum periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. The scary thing is, not everyone knows that they actually have it until the symptoms are pretty bad. Therefore, the American Academy of Periodontology encourages that people have yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluations to assess for the disease.
People tend to think that just because their teeth look pearly white, that they have good oral hygiene. While having no cavities and strong teeth is the goal, and means that you are taking pretty good care of your teeth, this does not actually mean you are out of the woods. The greatest risk to your teeth is periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal diseases are bacterial gum infections that destroy gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place. Every day, plaque and biofilm builds up on the surface of your teeth. The plaque contains bacteria, and if you do not brush your teeth to get it off, the plaque hardens into a substance called calculus. This will eventually cause inflammation, destroying your gums, and the bone surrounding your teeth.
The importance of brushing and teeth cleaning is crucial. Periodontal disease is a serious condition that compromises your overall health. This disease can lead to other health conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, and even dementia. Gum disease happens to be the most common reason as to why people lose their teeth. As mentioned before, this disease is known as being a “silent” disease. Symptoms are not always present, and are often overlooked. The more periodontal disease is left untreated, the harder it is to treat. Gum disease is treatable, but it depends on how advanced your case is.
If you do need treatment, your dentist will work with a periodontist, a gum specialist, to decide on the best course of action.
To learn more about periodontal disease and how to get it treated immediately, call Marion Smile Center at (724) 452-4300 or request an appointment online.