Are You Susceptible to Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the most common oral disease that affects adults, with nearly 75 percent of people being affected to some degree. Gum disease is a progressive condition, meaning that if it is not treated, will get worse and spread as time goes on. Affecting both your hard and soft tissues (bones, teeth and gums), gum disease can cause irreversible damage to your oral health, including tooth loss.
The beginning stages of the disease, gingivitis, can be cured if treated early enough. However, if not caught or treated, gum disease can progress to the incurable periodontitis or advanced periodontitis. During this phase, gum disease can only be maintained and requires routine periodontal maintenance to ensure your oral health stays in ideal condition. Research has even linked gum disease to systemic health concerns, including stroke, heart disease and dementia. As dangerous as gum disease is, it is important to know the warning signs so you can seek treatment right away.