Are You Part Of The 80%?
Here is a surprising statistic for you: 80% of American adults have some form of gum disease. Can you believe that?! Considering gum disease is a preventable condition, it is disturbing that so many adults do not give enough care to their oral health. I think many people just don’t realize how serious a simple case of gingivitis can escalate and, if left untreated, cause bone and tissue loss. That’s right, bone and tissue loss! In your mouth! Gingivitis is the most basic form of gum disease. If you don’t visit your dentist every six months, the plaque that builds can inflame your gums and cause them to become red and swollen. They may even be prone to bleeding when you brush your teeth. Gingivitis is treatable and can easily be reversed with a faithful regimen of brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. Periodontitis is the more severe form of gum disease. If you don’t treat your gingivitis, you risk developing this damaging condition. If left untreated, your immune system will fight the bacteria in the affected gums and can break down the bone tissue holding your teeth in place. Can you imagine loosing a tooth because you didn’t visit your dentist? Well... it happens. Now what can you do to avoid all this trouble? The answer is actually very simple: brush, floss, visit your dentist and for goodness sake, don’t smoke!Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with gum disease. If you need a reason besides lung cancer to quit smoking, gum disease is it! The moral of this story... Take care of your mouth, and your mouth will take care of you!