Did you know that over half of Americans have periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a common oral health condition that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth.
WHAT DOES PERIODONTAL DISEASE DO?
There is a high correlation between periodontal disease and an increased risk for heart disease, respiratory disease, several types of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, hormonal changes that cause increased bleeding and inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, anemia and high cholesterol.
WHAT CAUSES PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
It is caused by bacteria in dental plaque that can cause inflammation and damage to the gums, leading to bone loss that supports the teeth and other health problems. Some of the common symptoms include bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums.
IS IT PREVENTABLE?
To prevent periodontal disease, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits, especially flossing twice daily. Making sure to stimulate those gums, and visiting the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups.
KEEP IN MIND!
It is also important to avoid tobacco use, eat a balanced diet, and manage other health conditions that may increase the risk of developing periodontal disease.