Some Facts About Gum Disease

pasonDid you know that our ancient ancestors had healthier teeth than modern people do? It’s true. Their diet was different and although their mouths’ were rife with bacteria as are ours, the good bacteria kept the bad bacteria in balance. Our modern diet has proven to be catastrophic for our teeth. That is why tooth decay has reached epidemic proportions, and one out of every two people has gum disease.  Read on to learn some more facts about gum disease.

Facts

Fact #1: Not only grandparents get gum disease, teens can get it too.

Fact #2: Gum disease can cause bad breath.

Fact #3: Gum disease can lead to gum sensitivity, bleeding of the gums, and tooth loss.

Fact #4: Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease.

Fact #5: Gum disease begins with the buildup of harmful bacterial plaque on the teeth and around the gums.

Fact #6: Left untreated bacterial plaque hardens into tartar, also referred to as calculus.

Fact #7: Calculus is a cement-like material that can only be removed via a professional dental cleaning.

Fact #8: Plaque consists of pathogenic oral bacteria that feed on sugars and release enamel eating acids. It’s the clear, sticky stuff you feel building up on your teeth if you don’t brush.

Fact #9: Ridding your teeth of plaque is a constant battle that’s why you need to brush at least twice daily.

Fact #10: Visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning can help keep periodontal disease at bay.

Fact #11: Women have a higher risk of gum disease than men.

Fact #12: People with diabetes, Down syndrome, or taking certain medications are at an increased risk for gum disease.

Fact #13: Smokers are also at an increased risk for gum disease.

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