As a dental professional, this is a striking number that seems far too high with the technology and information we have out there.
What causes gum disease?
It is well known that gum disease and other oral health problems can be caused by subpar oral hygiene. What you may not know is that smoking tobacco may be the most significant factor leading to gum disease.
Other causes include high stress, medications and diet. These are all causes that can be prevented, but the fact is, 30% of the population is susceptible to gum disease from genetics alone. If you’re part of that 30%, be in close contact with your dentist and never miss a checkup.
The fact is, you may not even know you have gum disease. However, there are noticeable signs that, when apparent, need to be immediately attended to by your dentist. Here is a list of those warning signs provided by the American Dental Association:
- Gums that bleed during brushing
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Receding gum lines
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A chance in the fit of partial dentures
Related Health Risks
Research has proven that gum disease can lead to other non-oral health problems. Some of these include diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s. On the plus side, your treatment for inflamed gums may also help treat other chronic inflammatory conditions.
How can it be prevented?
You are probably tired of hearing this, but you need to go see your dentist on a regular basis. Nowadays, it’s so easy to make an appointment or even stay in touch via social media. There are even aps that allow you to ask your dentist questions from anywhere on the planet!
Make sure to choose dental products that show the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval. This seal ensures the products’ safety and effectiveness.
No matter how hard you work at keeping those pearly whites shinning, plaque will still build up and form tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional.
Dr. Brandon Hall is the owner of Riverfront Dental Designs in Denver.