Periodontal (gum) disease affects about 30% of the adult population and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Many denture cases begin because of this chronic condition. Although not curable, with a dedicated professional hygiene regimen and consistent at-home care, it is controllable. Gum disease can advance with few signs or symptoms in the early stages. Many patients diagnosed with this condition experience no pain and are surprised by the quiet yet swift damage that periodontal disease leaves in its wake. The gums and bones surrounding teeth provide teeth with structural support, without which, even strong and healthy teeth will become endangered.
Regular dental exams, professional cleanings, and good oral hygiene practices at home are essential to detecting and strategically managing periodontal/gum disease.
Gum disease (or poor gum health) is associated with a number of serious health conditions – refer to the section on “Oral Health & Overall Health” below – and while the underlying or causal mechanisms are not yet fully understood, experts are unanimous in their view that a healthy mouth and a regimen to keep it that way is a good thing.