If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you might be wondering what this means for your future oral health. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2 percent of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. That is one out of every two people you meet! The numbers just get worse from there, with 70.1 percent of Americans age 65 and older suffering with the damaging effects of periodontal disease.*
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an active and progressive bacterial infection in your mouth. If left untreated, it can lead to devastating bone and tooth loss. What is worse is that the infection can pass through the open wounds in your gums, travel through your bloodstream, and infect other parts of your body. Periodontal disease has been linked to other serious health conditions, such as:
It is vital to seek treatment immediately to stop and prevent the progression of gum disease.
Preventing the progression of gum disease with regular visits to your dentist is the best way to maintain optimal oral health and to save your teeth and bone. Once treated with effective periodontal therapy, preventing the progression of gum disease can be achieved through regular periodontal maintenance appointments. Periodontal maintenance is an ongoing hygiene program that is designed to reduce the bacterial growth, plaque accumulation, and tartar buildup around your teeth and halt the progression of periodontal disease. Regular maintenance appointments can not only save your teeth and bone, but they may even save your life!
Our experienced team of doctors at River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry want to help you keep smiling for life! To learn more about gum disease and to start treatment with periodontal maintenance in Old Saybrook, CT, call our office today. We look forward to meeting you!
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