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Periodontal Disease: Facts and Figures

Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that about 46% of American adults 30 and older have periodontal disease. This represents about 65 million people nation-wide. Periodontal disease is the result of infections surrounding the teeth that can significantly affect the gums causing inflammation, bleeding and gum recession. If left untreated over time, periodontal disease can weaken gums and teeth, causing cavities and loosening of the teeth as well as other oral complications. This is the result of connective tissue loss that characterizes periodontitis. Other associations that were made from the data collected included a higher prevalence of periodontitis as age increased, and a higher prevalence of disease among men and smokers. These findings sound disheartening, but with proper dental care you can take to keep yourself out of this statistic.

Home Dental Care

Part of a healthy mouth and preventing the incidence of periodontitis is home-hygiene. Keep it simple. The basics are the foundation for great oral health.

Brushing

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes is something that every dentist will tell you to do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. There are so many toothbrushes to choose from and each have unique benefits. Manual toothbrushes allow for a lot of control, but other toothbrushes have been proven to be  more beneficial for oral health. Powered toothbrushes, which have a rotating/oscillating action, proved to be the most effective kind of toothbrush to use to prevent and reduce oral problems associated with plaque and gingivitis.

Flossing

Flossing is an effective tool in reducing gum and tooth disease, and you only have to do it once a day to see the results. When is the best time to floss: before or after brushing? It doesn’t actually matter as long as you do it. Pick a time of day that works best for you and stick to it. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that up to 80% of plaque removal is achieved through flossing that wouldn’t otherwise be removed with brushing alone. Plaque accumulating between the teeth is a major contributor to periodontal disease.

Dental Check-ups

Another crucial part of dental care is regular dentist visits. They are important because your dentist has tools to catch problems early and detect issues that you may not know about. Early detection and education can help keep your mouth out of danger. Dentists also have more advanced instruments to assist you with cleaning. Professional cleanings can help your mouth stay healthy and help you recover from more severe complications. The ADA recommends that you go to see your dentist at least once a year for screenings and a cleaning. Your dentist may advise you to come in every 6 months if you are in need of more attention.

Now is a great time to schedule a dentist appointment. Charlotte Dentistry is open 6 days a week so you can make an appointment that works with your schedule. Take the time to make your oral health a priority!

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Armstrong & Eshleman, PA

201 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
704-376-6470
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