What is Gum Disease And Am I At Risk ?

We believe that a healthy mouth inspires a happy life. Whilst some dental conditions are easy to identify others can go relatively unnoticed without regular dental check-ups.  Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is often painless and the signs can be easy to miss. There are a number of symptoms of gum disease ranging from gums that bleed when you brush, to gum recession and right through to teeth that are mobile and may well need to be extracted. With that in mind, we all wonder what is the likelihood of gum disease impacting me?  The Texas City Dental in Texas City is conveniently located near t La Marque, Galveston, and Hitchcock area is conveniently located near to the HEB and ROSS market complex is family dentistry near by .

THE FACTS

Looking at the research, approximately 0-10% of the population have no gum disease. These are the lucky ones, with a good oral health care routine, including regular brushing and flossing, they are able to keep their gums healthy. This group will usually only need to visit the dentists once a year for a check-up and clean, although they may continue their routine six-monthly check-ups to keep on top of their oral health.

Approximately 35-40% of the population has gum disease that is reversible (gingivitis). By combining a trip to have a professional clean every six months with good oral health care at home these individuals are able to maintain stable oral health.

Approximately 25-35% will have early irreversible gum disease (early periodontitis). These individuals will be at the dentist every 4-6 months having professional gum care and clean in order to maintain and stabilise their oral health and prevent it getting worse.

Finally, this leaves 5-15% of the population experiencing severe gum disease (severe periodontitis). If you’re in this group you’ve become well accustomed with your dentist, seeing them on average every 3-4 months for intensive gum care and most likely under the care of a periodontist. As dental professionals, we’re trying to salvage what we can for these individuals in order to slow and prevent tooth loss.

REDUCING YOUR RISK OF GUM DISEASE

Like all chronic conditions, gum disease severity worsens with age, and therefore prevention and management is key to maintaining good oral health throughout your life. The mouth is a window into the health of your body. People with gum disease are at a higher risk for other systemic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc. The state of inflammation in the mouth has a clear impact on systemic diseases. With this in mind, it pays to look after your pearly whites, not just to maintain your pleasant smile but to ensure your reducing your risks of other health concerns.

 Call us at (409) 419-2222 or visit www.txcitydental.com to schedule your appointment.

Find us at:

3448 Palmer Hwy
Texas City TX
77590.

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