It is estimated that 75% of people in the developed world suffer from some form of gum disease. This could be something as mild as gingivitis to something far worse such as periodontitis. With that being said, it is believed that just over 2% of these people actively seek treatment for these forms of gum disease. It should be mentioned that it is extremely important to take care of your teeth and gums, as certain studies have shown that there is a link between gum disease and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of the link between periodontal diseases and their health. In fact, many of us wouldn’t give a second though to gum disease, even though this can have some serious health implications. What follows are some facts you should be aware of.

 

Bleeding Gums

 

A major sign of periodontal disease will typically be gums that are red and swollen and prone to bleeding. If you happen to notice that your gums bleed whenever you brush, floss, or even when eating it’s a good idea to book a dentist appointment. You should explain what the problem is and then your dental professional can check for potential periodontal disease. As mentioned, not only may gum disease lead to you losing your teeth, it may also contribute to some of the other lethal diseases mentioned above.

 

Flossing

 

To be completely honest, you should be brushing your teeth after all meals and flossing at least once a day. However, it is estimated that less than 1 in 8 people actually floss on a daily basis, and there are even those who never floss at all. You oral care should take the form of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and scheduling dental appointments at least twice a year.

 

Scared of the Periodontist/Dentist

 

Whichever dental professional you are visiting, whether this is a dentist, oral hygienist or a periodontist, the vast majority of us are struck down with fear. This may be the fear of the equipment they will use, the fear of being hurt, or even in some cases the fear of being lectured or told off for not taking adequate care of our teeth. However, it must be said that dentistry is yet another industry that has seen huge advancements in the technology used, and all of these are aimed at making your visit as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

 

Tooth Loss

 

Gum disease probably makes the biggest contribution to tooth loss. However, periodontists are the people who are able to replace missing teeth via dental implants – these are permanent replacements and are yet nothing more than artificial teeth. There are studies which indicate that dental implants have a near 100% success rate and allow you to continue with your daily (mouth-related) tasks with complete confidence. You should be able to eat, drink and smile without any problems even with dental implants.

Don’t believe that poor oral hygiene is the only contributing factor to gum disease. The effects of tobacco, stress, a poor diet can cause gum disease, and of course let’s not forget that it may even be hereditary. Therefore, to avoid the potential onset of gum disease make sure you make regular visits to your dental professional.

 

Today’s feature writer, Lily Scott, is an employee at Bathurst Dupont Dental which provides an extensive range of dentistry services in Toronto. Her hobbies include swimming and gardening. Log on to http://www.bathurstdupont.com/ for more information on her company.

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