Gum Disease in US
Nearly half of all adults over the age of 30 in the U.S. have periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For those over 65, the number of those affected by gum disease soars to include almost two out of every three people. A study that included more than 3,500 adults found that about a third of adults have moderate or severe periodontitis, which means that they have periodontal pockets measuring at least 5 millimeters or have 4 millimeters of attachment loss.
If your gums look red or puffy or if they seem to be pulling back from your teeth, you may have periodontitis. Gums that are infected tend to bleed easily especially when you brush or floss your teeth. The bacteria emit a foul odor, which leads to chronic bad breath. Regular visits with Dr. Frame can help you catch the disease at an early stage. This is important because early stage gum disease is often reversible with deep cleaning and good dental hygiene. Once it has progressed to a later stage, more invasive treatment options may be needed to correct the damage.
A healthy lifestyle, good dental habits and regular dental care can go a long way towards protecting your smile from the damage of gum disease. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara.
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