More commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 60.
This disease is a silent and destructive infection.
What is periodontal disease? Are you at risk?
Periodontitis – A Battle Against Bacteria
Periodontitis is inflammation in the ligaments surrounding the roots of your teeth. Your teeth depend upon a complex support system in your gums. Strong ligaments help hold your teeth in place. When these get infected, they become inflamed and can start to break down.
This destruction can also advance into the nearby bone. When the bone and ligaments surrounding your teeth break down, your teeth lose support.
Not only are your teeth at risk, but the presence of periodontitis, or periodontal disease, has been connected to other serious health conditions:
As you can see, keeping your gums clear of this disease could be key to lowering your risk for other health problems.
Lowering Your Risk
Periodontal disease is more likely to affect individuals based on genetics and the presence of other health issues. Bacteria cause the disease, but your body may not be hardwired as well as others to fight off the infection. If you have a history of gum disease in your family, then you may be predisposed to it, as well.
But you are not powerless! Periodontal disease is serious, but you can do something about it.
Maintain a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Arm yourself with the facts of gum disease, as you are doing right now. Call your local dental office today to schedule a gum assessment and learn more about your individual risk.
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