Gum Disease Prevalence Surpasses Diabetes with 50% of the adult population affected.
With one in every two adults age 30 and older suffering from periodontal disease (commonly referred to as gum disease). Gipsy Lane is asking you to “ love your gums”. Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, bone damage, loss of teeth, and can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is hardly ever discussed at the doctors, resulting in a lack of urgency for people to properly care for their gums. Simple steps like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from a periodontist can help detect and prevent gum disease.
Early Diagnosis is vital
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that, if left untreated, may cause damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth,eventually leading to tooth loss. According to the Dental Health Foundtion, more than half of the UK adults are affected by periodontal disease. In addition to diabetes, periodontal disease has been linked to other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.
“The potential repercussions of periodontal disease upon an individual’s oral and physical well-being is a very serious – but often overlooked – health issue,” said Amy O’Brien Hygienist at Gipsy Lane Advanced dental care. “With more people suffering from this disease than diabetes, it is our duty to educate the public on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease.”
Periodontal disease typically does not cause pain until it’s in an advanced stage, at which point much of the damage has been done and tooth support destroyed.
To aid in the prevention of periodontal disease, Gipsy Lane Dental Care recommends establishing good oral hygiene habits including brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and discussing gum health with our Dental Hygienist. To learn more, patients can take a brief quiz on perio.org to evaluate the current state of their gum health, learn the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, and receive tips on how to properly care for their gums. Each patient is unique, and a dental professional can make a referral to a periodontist — a dentist who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease —You can find a Periodontist in Reading here at Gipsy Lane Advanced Dental Care.