February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, though it’s important to be aware of your gums and their health every month. Keep reading to learn some surprising facts about gum disease to help you fight this preventable condition!
Almost Half of Adults in the United States Have Gum Disease
The data on gum disease in the US is pretty staggering. More than 47% of adults over the age of 30 are affected by some form of gum disease, whereas 70% of adults older than 65 have a form of periodontal disease. Pretty shocking, right?
It’s high numbers like this that make Gum Disease Awareness Month so important.
The Leading Cause of Tooth Loss Is Actually Gum Disease
Adult tooth loss is oftentimes the result of untreated or poorly managed gum disease, particularly in advanced cases of gum disease (periodontitis).
This is because bacteria infect the tissues surrounding your tooth. When left untreated, the infection spreads to your jaw and roots of your teeth, causing irreversible damage.
Additionally, gum disease can occur or worsen due to misalignment, so it’s important to address any of these types of issues in your jaw or teeth through braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Some Cases of Gum Disease Can Be Reversed, While Others Can’t
While all cases of periodontal disease are serious and need to be addressed ASAP, gingivitis is the most common and easily reversed. It is the earliest stage of gum disease, characterized by inflammation, redness, and tenderness of the gums.
If untreated, it turns into periodontitis, which causes permanent damage that cannot be reversed, only managed.
You Can Prevent Gum Disease Much Easier Than You Think
These shocking facts might have you worried, but you will be happy to know that preventing gum disease and treating gingivitis is easier than you think.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss your teeth once a day, visit your dentist and orthodontist routinely, and quit smoking.
Celebrate Gum Disease Awareness Month With Your Friends at SLS Orthodontics!
Gum disease can cause misalignment, not to mention tooth loss, disrupting your comfort as well as your day-to-day activities. Stay on top of your dental health with our various services at SLS Orthodontics!
Don’t wait – call us at 954-368-0105 to book your first visit today!