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The Numbers on Gum Disease


preventative dentistryThink you know all there is to know about your gums? Here are some interesting facts about periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as “gum disease.”

64.7. The number of Americans who have periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease. 1 That’s half of all adults over age 30! Think you might have gum disease? Look for swollen or red gums, tender gums, gums that pull away from teeth, or your teeth feeling loose. Of course, a visit to your Crown Council dentist can tell you the state of your gum health—and what you can do about—right away.

13.5. The percent of the country that flosses every day. 2 Yikes! Brushing and flossing daily is vital to keeping your gums healthy and avoiding the painful consequences of periodontitis.

4,500. The age of the oldest periodontal disease patient we know about. 3 Scientists recently discovered a mummy over 4,500 years old that showed clear signs of gum disease. So even though dentists haven’t been diagnosing it that long, periodontal disease is as old as the pyramids!

55. The number of grams you should eat of lactic acid-containing foods every day. 4 A study in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that people who at this much (which is a little less than four tablespoons) per day of foods with lactic acid (think dairy products like yogurt and cheese) had less gum disease than those who skipped their dairy.

2007. The year things turned around for teeth! A study was released in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more Americans than ever are keeping their natural teeth these days. 4 That means that gum disease is being taken care of and people are seeking dental treatment to avoid losing teeth or having them extracted. Good news for teeth around the country!

Crown Council dentists offer the full gamut of periodontal services. We screen our patients for gum disease, help them avoid it in the first place, and have a multitude of strategies for treating gum disease when we do encounter it. Use our search tool to find a periodontal specialist near you and set up an appointment to discuss your unique situation and concerns.

As a sampling, many Crown Council dentists offer periodontal maintenance, scaling and root planning, crown lengthening, and osseous surgery. Wonder what we’re talking about? Give your Crown Council periodontal specialist a call today!

Information used from the following website, accessed 05/20/2015: 1. http://www.perio.org/newsroom/periodontal-disease-fact-sheet
2. http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-myths
3. http://www.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/the-long-gross-history-of-periodontal-disease-5638.asp
4. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,DD110