Statistics Say Patients Need Education About Gum Disease

I read a statistic that said that 84% of patients want to be educated about periodontal disease (gum disease) but that only 48% of them think they understand the infection. I guess this means I’ve got some ‘splainin to do Lucy (sorry Ricky Ricardo).

Periodontal disease is not like the flu, where you catch it, have it for a short while and it clears up. Periodontal disease is progressive, it gets worse over time without treatment. This chronic disease affects millions of American adults and most of them don’t even realize they have a problem because they have no discomfort or pain.

Our mouths are filled with bacteria, both good and bad. Periodontal disease occurs when the bad bacteria overrun the good bacteria and cause infection and inflammation. The infection attacks the tissue that connects the gums and teeth resulting in pockets. Without treatment these pockets become deeper, eventually leading to tooth loss. The infection may begin in one part of the mouth but can spread throughout the mouth infecting healthy gum tissue as well.

The good news is that periodontal disease can be treated, and the even better news is that treatments have improved over the years! Laser technology and new topical antibiotics are wonderful advances in the treatment of periodontal disease.

You may have the beginning signs of periodontal disease if you have gums that are red or puffy. Bleeding while brushing or flossing is not normal and usually accompanies active gum disease. You can help prevent periodontal disease by brushing, flossing and visiting your dental hygienist regularly.

Please contact Asheville cosmetic dentist Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282 to schedule your next appointment.

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