American Academy of Periodontology Concerned about Increased Risk of Gum Disease
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, around 65 million people in the United States have gum disease. The number is almost half of all adults 30 years old and above in the US. People with the disease have placed their lives at risk.
There are serious repercussions for individuals with periodontal disease when it comes to their oral and physical health. There are more Americans who suffer from gum disease compared to diabetes. That’s why the AAP has come up with their Love the Gums You’re With campaign to educate the masses on the importance of early diagnosis and prevention of periodontal disease.
The oral condition is caused by bacteria in the mouth that form plaque below the gum line. Plaque contains more than 500 bacterial species and brushing can’t remove the bacteria below the gum line. The disease is not painful until the condition is severe. At that point, a lot of damage has already been done.
Gum disease causes bone damage in the mouth, receding gums, and loss of teeth. It increases the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. The prevention program started by the AAP encourages people to brush their teeth at least twice a day. They also recommend flossing at least once a day and a comprehensive checkup from a dental professional yearly.
Some of the risk factors connected to gum disease are age, smoking and stress. Older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of Americans aged 65 years old and above suffer from periodontitis. Smokers or people who used to be one also have higher risks of developing periodontitis. Stress makes it difficult for the body to fight off infections, including gum diseases. That’s why the more stressed a person; the more likely one will have periodontal disease.