A new study published on August 30th in the Journal Of Dental Research found that gum disease affects nearly half of American adults over the age of thirty. This news is especially concerning since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
In this study, researchers analyzed data from a nationally representative study of more than 3,700 American adults aged thirty and above. It found that 47% of the adults had periodontitis. Forty-seven percent of the American population of adults age thirty and above represents about 65 million adults. Of this 47%, 9% had mild gum disease, 30% had moderate gum disease and 8.5% had severe gum disease.
The percentage of Americans with gum disease went up significantly when the researchers looked at a population of adults aged 65 and older. The study found that 64% of American adults aged 65 and above had either moderate or severe periodontitis.
According to the American Dental Association, the warning signs for gum disease include gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen and tender. Other signs are gums that have pulled away from the teeth or chronic bad breath or bad taste.
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene including daily flossing and brushing, and to visit a dentist for regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings. Pure Dental Health provides a full range of preventative and routine dental care to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums and to prevent periodontal disease. Pure Dental Health also provides comprehensive treatments for patients who already have periodontal disease. You can take control of your dental health; you do not have to become a statistic. If you would like more information about ways to prevent gum disease or if you need treatment for your existing gum disease, please call Pure Dental Health today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott. You only get one set of adult teeth. Take care of them now so they will last you for a lifetime.
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