Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the most common adult dental affliction. About 30% of the population experiences gum disease, and it’s the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Many denture cases are the result of the ravages of this condition.
While not curable, periodontal disease is controllable, but it requires a focused strategy, similar to managing other chronic conditions.
Gum disease can advance unnoticed, with few signs or symptoms in early stages. Many patients diagnosed with this condition find themselves surprised at the quiet damage progressing in their mouths. In simple terms, consider the gums and bone around your teeth as the foundation where they sit. Just like a house, the foundation must be sound. Regardless of how the house looks on the outside, when the foundation crumbles, the rest of it goes too.
Regular dental exams, professional cleanings, and good oral hygiene practices at home are essential to detecting and strategically managing periodontal disease.