10 Things You Should Know About Periodontal Disease

Little girl opening her mouthAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 64.7 million Americans have the more advanced form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. This is a preventable disease with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. Jordan Dentistry wants you to know these 10 facts about periodontal disease to protect yourself and your family from its effects on your teeth.

  1. The early stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis when the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation.
  2. Advanced periodontal disease can lead to a loss of bone, and teeth may loosen and fall out.
  3. Risk factors for periodontal disease include genetic susceptibility, smoking, lack of adequate home care, age, diet, health history, and medication.
  4. Research has shown that periodontal disease is connected to heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  5. Periodontal disease was once viewed as an inevitable result of aging, but as dentistry has progressed, it is now known to be preventable and treatable.
  6. Researching are working to regenerate the damaged or lost bone as a result of advanced periodontal disease.
  7. Research has shown that periodontal diseases arise when specific oral bacteria infect gum tissue.
  8. Periodontal disease is preventable with the correct routine of good oral health.
  9. Periodontal disease is contagious, that is why you should not put your baby’s pacifier into your mouth before putting it into theirs.
  10. Gum disease starts slowly without any pain and may not be apparent until there are serious health side effects.

Jordan Dentistry wants to keep you and your family’s oral health in tip top shape. To avoid periodontal disease and it’s nasty health side effects, make sure that you are regularly brushing for two minutes, twice a day and flossing once a day. And, don’t forget to make your dentist appointments every six months for your regular cleanings!

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