Did you know that you might have gum disease—even without any visible symptoms? The American Dental Hygienists’ Association estimates that gum disease affects more than 80% of American adults!
Gum disease threatens your dental wellbeing—and seriously affects your overall health, too. Gum disease has been linked to heart and lung disease, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and strokes.
Gum disease is more prevalent in youths entering puberty, in women who use oral contraceptives, and in women who are pregnant. Gum disease can manifest as bleeding, swollen, or discolored gums, chronic bad breath, loosening teeth, and slipping dentures.
You also have an increased risk of gum disease if you use tobacco products, suffer systemic health issues, have genetic predisposition, take cancer therapy, and acquire cavities.
Having an excellent homecare routine is one of the best defenses against gum disease. Brush twice, floss once, and use a fluoridated oral rinse each and every day. Getting regular dental checkups every six months is also vital to ensure your gums stay healthy! And if you do have gum disease, periodontal therapy can restore your dental wellbeing.