Gum (Periodontal) Disease – Are You At Risk?

If you fit any of these nine risk indicators identified by dental experts, you could be susceptible to gum disease and the tooth loss associated with it.

  • Are you older than 35?
  • Are you male?
  • Have you never received – or avoided – dental care?
  • Have you never – or only irregularly – used dental floss?
  • Do you smoke? Have you ever?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Do you have rheumatoid arthritis?
  • Do you have gum disease around your front teeth?

These findings make perfect sense. We know that gum disease occurs when oral hygiene is neglected. We also know that men tend to be less conscientious about oral health care. Gum disease has been linked in studies with diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and arthritis. But if you don’t fit these categories, don’t be smug. No one is immune! Teenagers can get periodontal disease and virtually all adults will experience it at some point.

All of this can be prevented by taking care of your oral health with a consistent home care routine and regular office visits. Why is coming to see us regularly so important? Plaque is the bacteria-loaded biofilm that you can feel when you run your tongue across your unbrushed teeth. If not removed, it will calcify into tartar that you cannot get rid of at home. We, on the other hand, can remove it. We can even reverse gum disease if caught in time using Arestin, a non-surgical gum therapy treatment. We gently insert an antibiotic powder below your gumline.

Periodontal disease affects up to 90% of the population. It doesn’t just affect your appearance – it can affect your overall health as it has been linked to diabetes, premature birth, cardiovascular and kidney diseases, Alzheimer’s, and oral cancer. Don’t gamble on your luck. Make sure you take as many preventive measures as possible, and keep your appointments!

To learn more about how to manage a proper home-care program visit Dawson Dental for a free consultation.

Article contributed by Patient News Publishing.