Did you know that 75% of American adults over 35 suffer from some form of periodontal (gum) disease?
That’s a staggering statistic. Most suffer from the least severe form called gingivitis, but between 5 and 15% have the more severe form called periodonitis.
So what causes these gum diseases? Improper or incomplete oral hygiene. One of the reasons we’re always telling you to brush and floss is because done regularly and properly, along with regular dental care, will help you avoid these diseases. That regimen helps keep plaque from forming on and between your teeth and inflaming the gums.
Here’s the semi-good news. If you have gingivitis, it can likely be reversed. But if you ignore it, or don’t get it treated, it can lead to much more serious gum disease and ultimately to tooth loss.
You need to see a dentist if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:
- changes in the way teeth fit together on biting, or in the fit of partial dentures
- formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
- gums that bleed during and after toothbrushing
- loose or shifting teeth
- persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- receding gums
- red, swollen, or tender gums
Don’t delay if you have any of these symptoms or warning signs. Treating them quickly can reverse them and save you from more serious gum disease and its consequences.
Gum disease is unnecessary and avoidable. We’re here to help ensure you don’t suffer from it.
So when we tell you to brush and floss regularly, we’re only trying to help you avoid the avoidable.