In our practice, we see it every day. Gum disease. It not only causes bad breath but it attacks the tissue and bone that hold teeth in place.
In a recent study by the Journal of Dental Research, from 2009-2010, high amounts of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) were found. In the United States alone, 50% of adults over age thirty have gum disease, which is close to 65 million Americans.
How do you know if you, a friend or family member has gum disease? The best way to determine the health of your gums and bone level is through a comprehensive dental exam, including periodontal charting. If you have deep pockets in your gum tissue, or your gums bleed when probed, diagnostic full mouth x-rays may be required.
Is there a simple way to make an assessment of your gums at home? Many indicators that patients who have gum disease observe are: bad breath, a loose permanent tooth or multiple loose teeth, or bleeding when they brush their teeth. If any of these factors are present, we recommend making an appointment as soon as possible for a complete exam.
Don’t be fooled, just because you don’t have these indicators doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease.
If you have questions, we are happy to help! Please contact us today!