The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did a study which found that 50% of Americans over the age of 30 had some form of gum disease. That statistic jumped to over 70% among those aged 65 and up.
Are you prone to periodontitis (gum disease)?
Periodontal disease ultimately comes down to how your gums react to bacteria. If you aren’t regularly removing those plaque germs, then your chances of developing gingivitis are very high. Left untreated, the early infection can turn into periodontitis.
Research shows that tobacco use is one of the biggest contributing factors to developing or worsening gum disease. This is largely due to the fact that the habit cuts off circulation in the gums, thereby reducing the tissue’s natural immune response.
Do you have a history of gum disease in your family? This could put you at greater risk despite your efforts to avoid it. Early intervention is key to keeping the problem from getting out of hand.
Gum disease can be worsened by issues such as:
These and other health complications limit your gums’ ability to fight off bacterial infection. They also prevent your gums from healing.
Why is periodontal disease such a big deal?
As your gums break down from the infection, the bone surrounding your teeth does, as well. This results in loss of adult teeth. Not only that, but your gums are closely connected to your overall health. Letting gum disease rage unchecked could make it harder for your body to fight off other diseases.
Check with your dentist to learn more about your risk for periodontal disease.
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Gum disease is categorized into two broad stages. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease in which gum tissue is inflamed due to bacteria found in plaque. When gum disease advances, different kinds of bacteria infect deeper layers of the gums, breaking down the ligaments and bone that support the teeth in a disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis has been associated with several serious health issues.
People with diabetes are susceptible to developing periodontitis because of already being infection-prone. Research shows that uncontrolled diabetes will worsen the periodontal condition, and uncontrolled periodontal disease makes it difficult to control blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Research has shown that periodontal disease can increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease. The bacteria implicated in periodontal disease have also been associated with those causing infective endocarditis.
Studies conducted on the connection between periodontal disease and stroke have revealed the fact that those diagnosed with a stroke were more likely to present signs of oral disease, including periodontitis.
Periodontal disease in pregnant women has been connected to the rate of premature births. It has been suggested by many studies that an agent produced by the body in fighting periodontal disease could in some way be responsible for triggering premature labor.
Clearly, periodontal health is closely-connected to your overall health. With early diagnosis and treatment, you can stabilize your periodontal condition and safeguard your health. Visit your dentist as soon as possible to get an accurate assessment of the state of your gums, and take control of your oral health today, for better overall health tomorrow.
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