Periodontal disease affects 80-90% of the adult population and accounts for most of the tooth loss in adults. Plaque attacks and destroys the tissues responsible for holding teeth firmly in the jaw. As the disease progresses, teeth become loose and may eventually fall out or require extraction. Often the disease is not painful and its victums are free of any signs or symptoms.
TRUTHS ABOUT GUM DISEASE
- Gum disease is a silent disease-you can have it and not even know it.
- It occurs when bacteria get below the gum line, beyond where your toothbrush can reach.
- If you have gum disease, you can brush and floss all you want, but it will not go away until a dentist or hygienist removes the bacteria from under the gum line.
- Gum disease is an infection which can be transferable.
- Risk factors make some people more susceptible to gum disease than others.
- You can clean your teeth twice a day and see your dentist twice a year and still have gum disease.
- Twice yearly cleanings may remove only the bacteria above the gum line.
- If you have gum disease, bacteria is getting into your bloodstream and traveling throughout your body.
- Gum disease can double your risk of having a heart attack and other health problems.
- When you eliminate gum disease, you lower your risk for heart disease and other health problems.