If you have been told that you have periodontal disease (gum disease), you are not alone. With the knowledge of periodontics (the study of tooth structure) from a qualified professional, you will be in good hands and you will better understand how to treat it.
According to recent results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans aged 30 or older suffer from periodontitis, the most advanced form of periodontal disease. This is equivalent to about 64.7 million Americans.
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious diseases that cause significant damage to the soft tissues and bones that support the teeth. In the worst case, the teeth are lost. If you think you are suffering from it, don’t let things progress, otherwise you risk seriously damaging your teeth. Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed down or worsened depends largely on how you care for your teeth and gums every day.
Read on to discover some of the strange and wonderful facts about dentistry and gum disease that you may not have heard of or thought you would ever need to know… until now!
1What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft, hard structures that support teeth.
It is a gum infection. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film that accumulates on teeth and gums. Plaque produces acids and toxins that can make gums red and puffy, but can also cause them to bleed.
Over time, gum disease can cause gums to come off the teeth. This can form pockets between the teeth and gums. Germs can be trapped in these pockets, weakening the bone around the teeth.
Gum disease is common. Many people have an early form of gum disease, which can be treated with good oral care. But if you ignore gum disease, it can weaken the bone around your teeth, which eventually leads to tooth loss.