Studies Show smiles can make us more attractive, lower our stress levels, elevate our mood and make us look younger.
Therefore, it is important to be well and keep our teeth and gums ready smile. Unfortunately, many of us do not. Almost 50 percent of American adults over age 30 have periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. In adults over 65 years, that number spikes to 65 percent.
Periodontal disease is not a disease that is discussed regularly, despite the fact that it is 2.5 times more common than diabetes. And a survey of 2015 of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) showed that 27 percent of American adults are at your dentist about how often you floss, with 15 percent saying they preferred to wash the silk dirty dishes. The survey also found that a third of American adults say that a smile is the first thing you notice when meeting someone.
Here Some of the faster data on periodontal disease AAP:
- There are two types of periodontal disease: gingivitis, the mildest form, and periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease.
- Symptoms of periodontal disease include when flossing, loose teeth and bad breath persistent red and swollen gums, receding gums, bleeding.
- Studies have linked gum disease with several other diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.
- gum disease can lead to social anxiety and discomfort of tooth loss and bad breath
Now here’s the good news. There are dental experts out there that can help treat gum disease-periodontics. Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, and receive three additional years of training after dental school. With our skill set, periodontists know why it is important to keep your healthy smile for chewing and forever gums.
Brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and receive an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation will help keep gums-and-his spectacular smile. There are also non-surgical therapies or more advanced procedures such as dental implants, available if needed.
The gum care should not be an afterthought. That’s why the AAP has launched Love El Gomas you are with educational and Gumblr campaign, a new website that helps you find a local periodontist and provides information on gum disease, has interactive quizzes, and much more. Check it out at Gumblr.org!
Due spectacular smiles begin with healthy gums and gums that have are yours for life, it is crucial that you love gum you are.
by Dr. Wayne Aldredge for Healthy Moms Magazine
Dr. Wayne Aldredge is President of the Academy American of Periodontology. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Society of Periodontists-the largest regional periodontal society in the United States, and a former President of the New Jersey Society of Periodontists.