Periodontal diseases primarily result from infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround the teeth. It is important to address early-stage gum disease, called “gingivitis,” before it progresses to more serious “periodontitis,” which threatens both tooth and bone loss. In fact, periodontal disease poses as much (if not more) of a danger to dental health among adults than tooth decay. According to a CDC report on the prevalence of periodontitis in the United States, nearly half (47.2%) of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, and 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have gum disease. Neglecting this problem can lead to potential tooth loss that can be hazardous to overall health.
Keeping up with regular dental checkups will give your dentist the opportunity to keep an eye on your health as well as any possible areas of developing gum disease. And if you conscientiously follow your dentist’s recommendations for at-home care, you will be more likely to have fewer potential gum problems. When was your last dental visit? Now would be a good time to schedule your next exam. If you don’t have a family dentist, we are accepting new patients at West Brookfield Dental. Located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, we welcome your call at 508.867.2777.
P.S. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.