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Gum Disease is a Significant Health Concern

April 24, 2020

More American adults have gum disease than previously thought according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). Past studies may have underestimated the occurrence of moderate to severe periodontal disease in Americans by as much as 50 percent. 

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory disease that can destroy the gum tissue, ligaments and even the bone supporting the teeth. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and interfere with other systems of the body. It has been associated with chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also linked with Alzheimer Disease, kidney and lung disease, fetal development problems, orthopedic implant failure, immune system disorders, AIDS, pneumonia, high blood pressure and certain cancers.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is good for your health. Daily tooth brushing and flossing can help you avoid heart attack and stroke. Still, they are no substitute for the important annual periodontal evaluation.