Gum disease is a pretty common occurrence. It mostly affects the gum and the bone surrounding the teeth. Also known as periodontitis, gum disease infects the gum tissue and bone causing inflammation (Nordqvist & Frank, 2018). And according to a 2012 study, 47% of adults over 30 have gum disease, and that number grows the older people get (Eke, Dye, Wei, Thornton-Evans, & Genco, 2012). It’s a serious problem.
Reading this, you might think, “Gum disease doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal. I mean, how much damage can it really do?” On the surface, it may seem pretty logical to think that way, but below several reasons are listed why gum disease is serious.
People who are at the highest risk for gum disease include:
(Eke, Dye, Wei, Thornton-Evans, & Genco, 2012) (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 2018)
These risk factors don’t automatically lead to gum disease. The 2012 study just shows that these are the factors that make someone at a higher risk for periodontitis.
If you’re worried that you might have periodontal disease, here are some signs to watch out for:
Well..yes and no. The answer is a bit complicated. If it’s caught early enough, gum disease can be treated. The patient will need to have professional cleanings done by a dental hygienist and improve his/her oral hygiene at home, which means diligently flossing daily and brushing teeth twice a day. However, if the disease spreads to the bone, gum disease will not go away. It’s in this stage the patient is at a high risk for tooth loss and bone loss (Horne, Davis, & Bautista). It’s better just not to risk it and see a dentist if you think you may have gum disease.
Home remedies to prevent gum disease are pretty simple. They’re really about forming good oral health habits:
If you think you may have gum disease, we can help you. Give us a call at (620) 287-0978 to schedule an appointment. We’ll go over your dental habits, what you eat, your oral health history, and more. From there, we can move forward and treat it.