February has been designated “Gum Disease Awareness Month” in a national and global effort to raise public awareness of gum disease. The awareness program was launched in 2012 by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, a non-profit educational and research center dedicated to providing evidence-based clinical training in advanced laser dentistry therapies.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues and bone that support your teeth.
85% of US adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, making it one of the most common diseases in America – more common than cancer, diabetes, arthritis, or heart disease.
Yet, only 60% of those infected know they have gum disease. Worse yet, only 3% of adults with moderate to severe levels of gum disease will accept treatment.
Gum disease begins when plaque, a sticky deposit on the teeth where bacteria multiply, builds up on the teeth. Calcium from saliva hardens the plaque into a barnacle-like material — this calcified plaque is called tartar or calculus. Certain types of germs that live in this plaque and calculus damage gum tissue. Your body tries to fight this infection with an inflammatory attack, sending white blood cells to the area to destroy the bacteria. The inflammation then causes the tissue to bleed easily when you brush or floss.
If untreated, gingivitis will then progress to periodontitis. With periodontitis, calculus deposits expand on the surface of your teeth, edging down below your gum line. This condition causes your gums to separate slightly from the teeth, supporting bone and ligament, forming periodontal pockets. The infection and the pockets may continue to deepen, eating away at the jawbone until your teeth become loose and fall out.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive teeth or gums
- Red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed easily
- Gap between teeth and gums
- Bad breath and halitosis
- Pus discharge from the gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Or no symptoms at all…
Do you suffer from Gum Disease? Maybe you’re unsure and would like to move forward with an exam? Not only does Desert Dental Group have highly educated and skilled Dentist and Hygienist to help with treatment and preventive treatment. Our office also has a Periodontist come in weekly to help serve the High Desert Community!
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