Important Facts about Gum Disease
Although three out of every four Americans likely suffers from some form of gum disease, many fail to have it treated. This is due to the fact many do not know they have it, or they feel it is not as bad of a problem as other medical issues they may have. The truth is, though, periodontal disease may be the cause of many other medical issues including heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
Many people are unaware that periodontal disease can be so dangerous or of the effects it can have on their overall health. In order to understand these effects, patients must be able to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to their oral health.
One misconception about periodontal disease is that minor bleeding of the gums when brushing or eating is not that big of a deal. This is not true at all. While the bleeding may be minor and there might not be any pain associated with it, this type of bleeding can be a clear sign of periodontal disease and the patient should contact their local dentist to schedule an appointment immediately.
While good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease, studies have shown that less than 20 percent of Americans floss at least once per day. Flossing is a vital component of oral hygiene because it removes plaque and food between the teeth that brushing cannot reach. However, having bad oral hygiene is not the only way to develop periodontal disease. Tobacco use, stress, and poor diet have also been shown to be leading causes.
One of the worst problems that can arise from periodontal disease is the loss of a tooth. While this is a major concern many people have, there are now methods to replace teeth lost due to gum disease. The main method is with a dental implant, a device implanted straight into the patient’s jawbone and fitted with a crown so that it looks, feels, and acts just like a natural tooth.
If you believe you have gum disease, a visit to the periodontist is in line. A periodontist is a doctor who is well trained in the causes and prevention of gum disease. They are experienced with using all the latest technology and methods to treat the disease while keeping the patient as comfortable as possible.
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