Periodontal disease is also commonly referred to as gum disease and relates to the deteriorating health of the human gums. Approximately 80% of all American adults experience some degree of deteriorating gum health, although minor changes to gum health may often go unnoticed. However, if left unchecked, gum disease can progress to the point that the gums begin to recede and the teeth become loose and may even fall out. The key to preventing the onset of gum disease or stalling or reversing any existing issues is to pursue proper periodontal care.
Ranking as the single most common disease in the United States, periodontal disease is also one of the simplest diseases to combat. The most effective way to prevent the onset of the disease or stop it from progressing to a point where it negatively affects your oral health is to visit a periodontist or a dentist that is knowledgeable about proper periodontal health on a regular basis. By routinely visiting the dentist, your gum health can be monitored and any negative changes in gum health can be identified and addressed.
In addition to regular dental visits, one of the most important ways to keep gums healthy is with a stringent routine of daily dental hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice per day, and preferably also after meals, as well as flossing daily. Even though many adults get into the twice-a-day brushing habit, a good many still fail to remain committed to regular flossing. By not flossing, the areas that are closest to the gums are ignored and problems are still likely to occur. Tooth brushing alone is simply not enough.
When periodontal disease is in its early stages, there are no symptoms and therefore most people don’t even know they are experiencing the beginnings of the disease. However, a trained dental professional can still recognize the signs of deteriorating gum health and can advise you on the most effective way to not only halt progression of the disease but even reverse any changes that have already occurred through proper periodontal care.
Once periodontal disease has progressed, an individual may start to notice signs such as swollen or bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing, as well as bad breath. Over time, gums may begin to recede or even become painful. If receding continues, the teeth may start to loosen and shift or may even eventually fall out if left untreated. Research has also shown that gum disease can be a contributing factor in a range of serious medical conditions, from heart disease, respiratory issues and stroke to diabetes and even complications during pregnancy, so good periodontal health may also coincide with better overall health.
The good news is that although gum disease is extremely common, it is also very easy to prevent and control the progression of the disease by seeking effective periodontal care from a qualified dentist.
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