November 30, 2016
Periodontal disease affects the majority of American adults — but there still remains a lot of mystery around the common disease. We’ve got some of the most surprising things about periodontal condition below. Learn more about periodontitis and gum disease treatment in Florham Park from Dr. Rynar today.
Fact: You Can Actually Catch Gum Disease from Someone Else
The most common cause of gum disease is poor dental hygiene and tobacco use, but did you know that if you are already at-risk of the condition, you can catch it from someone else? The bacteria that causes gum disease can easily be spread through saliva — but yes, it’s probably true that only gums that are already susceptible to infection will develop periodontitis.
Fact: Gum Disease Is Leading Cause of Tooth Loss
The majority of Americans over the age of 35 have gum disease to some extent, a worrying statistic when you know that the condition results in tooth loss and other serious health conditions. In fact, it’s the leading cause of missing teeth in adults.
Teeth need healthy gum tissue to stay stable and secure in the mouth. When infection occurs, deep pockets form between the teeth and gums, causing them to become loose and eventually fall out.
Fact: Diabetics Have Special Concern
In patients who have diabetes, the risk for gum disease is far greater. Diabetes affects the immune system, increasing the susceptibility of periodontal tissue to infection. But research suggests that treating gum disease can also help to control blood glucose levels, slowing the progression of the disease. If you have diabetes, don’t ignore the need for regular preventive care.
Fact: Gum Disease Could Run in the Family
One of the risk factors for gum disease, along with poor dental hygiene, tobacco use, and a weakened immune system, is simple genetics. That means if your mother or father dealt with the tender, swollen, bleeding gums and persistent bad breath that signify gum disease, you are more likely to develop the condition, too. Increase your preventive dental attention if you are at a higher risk for gum disease.
Fact: Gum Disease Is Highly Treatable
It is absolutely crucial to seek treatment for gum disease as soon as possible. Staying on top of your regular visits to the dentist allow us to catch infection early. In its beginning stages, gingivitis can be reversed with improved dental hygiene at home and a few extra dental appointments.
Once the infection has reached moderate levels, a nonsurgical treatment called scaling and root planing (or a “deep cleaning”), combined with antibiotic therapy, may be recommended. The most advanced stages of gum disease may require surgical treatment.
If you suspect you are dealing with gum disease, or if it’s just been awhile since your last visit to the dentist, please get in touch with Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology. We are the experts in gum health — request an appointment with your periodontist in Florham Park today.
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