Prevalence of Gum Disease in US

According to a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease. The incidence of periodontal disease is greater than 70 percent for Americans over the age of 65. The study, which was published in the “Journal of Dental Research,” revealed that periodontal disease is a serious public health problem.

The survey also revealed important information about who is most likely to develop gum disease. Smokers, men, Mexican-Americans and those who are living below the federal poverty level are all at higher risks. The risk of periodontal disease increases with age, but because it can lead to tooth loss and systemic health problems, it is critical that patients take a proactive approach towards their gum health.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day or after meals and flossing once a day. Good dental hygiene keeps plaque and bacteria under control. Biannual checkups and periodic cleanings are important for removing tartar, which is made of plaque deposits that have mineralized. If plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on teeth, you are more likely to develop gum disease, which includes symptoms such as bleeding gums, swelling, redness and inflammation, tenderness and chronic bad breath.

If you have symptoms of gum disease or want to learn more about maximizing your dental health, we can help. Contact Dr. Frame, dentist in Santa Clara, today to schedule your appointment.

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