Of all the things we have to closely monitor as we age, our oral health should be a top priority. As we get older, we’re at a higher risk of periodontal disease, an infection of the gums created by plaque. The infection, if untreated, can cause substantial tooth loss, which can impact our chewing ability and damage your smile.
Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Periodontal disease is a widespread issue in our country and is a leading cause of tooth loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 50 percent of all adults 30 and older have some form of periodontal disease. More precise, the CDC reports that more than 75 percent of Americans 65 and older have the disease. What’s worse is that a good portion of this population is unaware they have the disease at all. To properly monitor your gums, it’s important not to skip dental checkups if you’re at a higher risk for periodontal disease. You’re at a greater risk for gum disease if you are 65 and older; smoke or use smokeless tobacco; have a great deal of stress; have a family history of the disease; maintain a poor diet; or use drugs such as antidepressants, contraceptives and some heart medications.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, you should receive an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from your dentist. The evaluation can be administered by a dentist, dental assistant or dental hygienist. These oral health professionals can identify problem areas in your mouth and assess your gums for any signs of periodontal diseases.
Don’t let periodontal disease sneak up on you. Our talented staff New Albany Implants is trained to identify early signs of periodontal disease and can provide the proper treatment.Call us today to schedule your visit.