Increased Risks of Gum Disease in Adults over 30

Risks of Gum DiseaseAccording to statistics, around 65 million people in the United States are suffering from gum disease. The American Academy of Periodontology said that the number is around half of all adults 30 and above. People with gum disease have placed their lives in harm’s way.

Dentists said that periodontal disease has severe repercussions to the person’s oral and physical well-being. This has been one of the most overlooked health problems across the world. A lot of Americans are suffering from the disease and has led the AAP to come up with the Love the Gums You’re With to teach the public on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of gum disease.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth that form plaque below the gum line. There are more than 500 bacteria that reside in plaque and brushing doesn’t remove the bacteria found below the gum line.

Patients don’t feel pain until the condition has reached severe stage. During this point, damage has already been done to the teeth and gums. Periodontal disease can lead to bone damage in the mouth, loss of teeth and receding gums. It also increases the risk of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and heart disease.

The AAP prevention program encourages people to brush their teeth at least two times per day and floss at least once a day. People should also get a comprehensive exam from a dentist at least once per year.

Some of the risk factors of periodontal disease include age, smoking, and stress. Older people suffer more from the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of Americans 65 year old and older have gum disease. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors as it contributes a lot to the development and progression of the disease. Stress makes it hard for the body to fight off infections, including gum disease.

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